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Sen. Hirono Denounces Nuclear Option to Advance Gorsuch

April 6, 2017, 1:51 PM HST
* Updated April 6, 1:56 PM
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Sen. Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement today after Senate Republicans used the nuclear option to advance the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Today, Senate Republicans destroyed a process that has been in place for years to accomplish their goal of confirming a far-right Supreme Court Justice,” said Sen. Hirono. “Last year, they wouldn’t even give President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, a hearing. And today, they changed the rules in order to ram through a nominee who cannot garner even 60 votes to sit on the highest court of the land, the Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch would preserve the 5-4 conservative majority on the Roberts Court that favors corporate interests over individual rights.”

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