Statement on Senate Judiciary Vote to Confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Michelle C. Whittaker, Director of Communications

Democracy Coalition on Gorsuch: 
No Protections for Everyday Americans​

April 5, 2017

WASHINGTON—The Democracy Initiative, a 58-member coalition representing 30 million members nationwide, strongly calls for the Senate to reject Neil Gorsuch. The basic principles of American democracy are under attack. Putting Judge Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court would be a threat to the safety, health, and voices of everyday Americans. The gravity of a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court requires a nominee who would represent the people not corporate interests that pollute our planet, our politics, and our democracy.

Last month, over 120 groups raised serious concerns to the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding Judge Gorsuch's court opinions that have weakened protections for people in their workplace and communities. The party line vote to advance Gorsuch out of the Senate Judiciary Committee shows that he has not earned bipartisan support for his nomination. Gorsuch has failed to answer basic questions and his past rulings have attempted to rollback basic protections for workers, students, and women.

Below are statements from coalition partners regarding the nomination of Neil Gorsuch:

“Judge Gorsuch’s lower court decisions suggest he would undermine civil liberties, reduces worker’s rights, and roll back environmental protections.”  
Wendy Fields, Executive Director, Democracy Initiative

“There’s no place for a judge who consistently slams the courthouse doors shut on Americans and citizens groups while flinging them open for corporate polluters and who has a judicial history of ruling against workers’ rights, human rights, civil rights, and the right to clean air and water on the Supreme Court.” 
Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club

"The next Supreme Court justice will have a pivotal role in ensuring our Constitution protects the rights and voices of all Americans. Judge Gorsuch has the potential to be the deciding vote to destroy the few remaining safeguards against big money dominating our politics completely. Gorsuch’s record and his refusal to answer critical questions during his hearing require the Senate to reject his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.” 
Heather C. McGhee, President, Demos

“CWA members, like millions of working people, face health and safety threats on the job every day. Judge Gorsuch seems to object to the administrative role of government in ensuring safe workplaces or carrying out other critical responsibilities of government to defend ordinary Americans. Working people should not be subject to the broad assault on worker protections that Judge Gorsuch seems to advocate.” 
Chris Shelton, President, Communications Workers of America (CWA)

“Gorsuch’s alarming affection for voter suppression, unrestricted campaign spending, and nondisclosure suggest a vision of the United States where working people no longer have a say in their government.” 
Rachel Butler, U.S. Democracy Campaigner, Greenpeace

"The right to vote is too important and we must understand whether Judge Gorsuch is committed to interpreting and preserving what remains of the Voting Rights Act." 
Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

“Neil Gorsuch has a troubling record of siding with the wealthy and powerful at the expense of everyone else. If he’s confirmed to the Supreme Court, Gorsuch will give big donors more power in our elections and make it harder for everyday people to be heard. The Senate should oppose his confirmation and stand with the majority of Americans who believe the constitution protects all of us, not just those able to write big checks.”
David Donnelly, President and CEO, Every Voice

“Today’s news that Neil Gorsuch has failed to earn enough support to meet the 60-vote bar for Supreme Court justices represents an important rejection of the ideology and extremism that Gorsuch would bring to the bench. Unlike Merrick Garland, who was denied the courtesy of even a hearing last year, Judge Gorsuch has received the full and fair consideration of the Senate. He has been evaluated according to his own merits, and by those merits he has been found to be unacceptable.” 
Marge Baker, Executive Vice President, People For the American Way (PFAW)