Washington D.C.—Congressman Eliot L. Engel issued the following statement on the President’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court Justice:
“Tonight, the President shocked no one by picking Neil Gorsuch, a Supreme Court nominee with a regressive record who could only appeal to the furthest reaches of the extreme right-wing.
“Conservative ideologues will laud this pick, as it represents everything they have come to stand for— an anti-women, anti-civil rights, pro-gun agenda that can only serve to turn back the clock on American progress. The addition of Gorsuch to our highest court could spell doom for a woman’s right to choose, worker’s rights, gun safety, environmental protections, voting rights, and a whole host of other safeguards that protect working Americans.
“The pick is even more troubling when you remember what happened to Merrick Garland, a highly qualified jurist who drew universal praise from across the political spectrum. Senate Republicans stonewalled his nomination for a year – not for any legitimate reason, but just to deny President Obama his right to appoint a Supreme Court Justice. Their conduct was disgusting, and the abdication of their Constitutional duty set a precedent that I believe should not soon be forgotten. Senate Democrats would be wise to remember the example their Republican colleagues set when it comes to the Supreme Court nominating process.”
Please note this statement was originally published on January 31, 2017 by Congressman Engel’s House of Representative’s office and posted to this website no sooner than 72 hours after initial publication.