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Eleena Tovar | 21 Marcha, 2017, 01:18

Chuck Grassley of Iowa, chairman of the committee, said his panel will probably cast a vote on Gorsuch's nomination on 3 April.

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee told a group of students past year that companies need to protect themselves from women looking to take advantage of maternity benefits. Monday featured opening statements.

Grassley said to the judge at the start of the hearing: "If you hear that you're for some business or against some plaintiff - don't worry".

"For those of us on this side, our job is not to theoretically evaluate this or that legal doctrine or to review Judge Gorsuch's record in a vacuum". But with Democrats in the Senate minority - as they were past year - and with Trump now in the White House, they have limited options in blocking Gorsuch.

Tuesday should bring the first round of questions and first indication whether the Democrats will give the nominee a rough time. There was a small laugh in the crowd as a phalanx of photographers snapped hundreds of pictures of Gorsuch as he took his seat.

Denver Broncos general manager John Elway has urged the Senate judiciary committee to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the United States supreme court in an endorsement letter written on official team letterhead. "He will either get 60 votes and be confirmed, or otherwise, whatever procedural steps are necessary, I believe, within a month or two, Neil Gorsuch will be an associate justice of the Supreme Court".

Senator Mike Lee, a Republican from Utah, said judges "should never decide cases based on their own personal preferences". "We've heard all that stuff before".

Republicans control the Senate and they can change the chamber's rules to make it easier to confirm Mr Gorsuch if any attempt is made to block him.

A former law student of Judge Neil Gorsuch says that during her class, he implied that women "intentionally manipulate companies", that they "use" their companies to obtain maternity benefits and then leave the company after their babies are born.

Gorsuch is a highly regarded conservative appeals court judge from Colorado who was chosen to succeed one of his heroes: the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Republicans including Congressman Bill Flores, who represents Waco, spent a good deal of time the past several years talking about restoring the Constitution's Article I powers to where Congress passes the laws and the president and his agencies administer them with a certain latitude in setting down actual rules.

Gorsuch told lawmakers in private meetings he found Trump's comments about the judiciary "disheartening" and "demoralizing". Another line of attack previewed by Democratic leader Chuck Schumer is to focus on rulings Gorsuch has authored in which corporate interests won out over individual workers. Three justices - Anthony Kennedy, Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg - are at least 78.

Outside groups including the pro-Gorsuch Judicial Crisis Network and the liberal People for the American Way are waging a grassroots battle to sway Democratic votes.

Justices do not pass judgement on the people before them, Gorsuch said, but on the law.

Because of this, Blumenthal noted that it was not "idle speculation" to suggest the Supreme Court might be asked to enforce a subpoena against Trump and called for judicial independence.