Senator David Perdue Floor Speech On Confirming Judge Gorsuch

“Never before in United States history has a purely partisan filibuster killed a Supreme Court nomination.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) spoke in support of Judge Neil Gorsuch during debate of his confirmation to be the next Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court:

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Never Before: Never before in United States history has a purely partisan filibuster killed a Supreme Court nomination. Never before, in the history of our country, has a partisan filibuster killed a District Judge nomination. Never before, and until 2003, never before had a partisan filibuster killed a Circuit Judge nomination.

No 60-Vote Standard: I’d also like to point out that there is no longstanding rule or tradition that a Supreme Court nominee must obtain 60 votes to be confirmed. Justice Clarence Thomas was confirmed by a narrow 52-48 margin. Even though a single senator could have required 60 votes to invoke cloture, none did. Likewise, Justice Samuel Alito was confirmed by a 58-42 margin. Again, no senator required 60 votes to invoke cloture. Neither of those nominees were filibustered to death. They got an up or down vote.

No Prior Democratic Opposition: In 2006, Judge Gorsuch was confirmed to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals by a voice vote, in this body, with no opposition. Again, no opposition right here in the Senate. Then-Senator Biden did not object. Then-Senator Reid did not object. Then-Senator Clinton did not object. Then-Senator Obama did not object. Twelve current members of this body – including the current Senior Senator from New York, the Senior Senator from Illinois, the Senior Senator from California—did not object to Judge Gorsuch’s back in 2006. It’s a simple fact: they had the opportunity to raise an objection, and they did not.

This Is What Creates Gridlock: What’s at issue here is nothing but pure, unadulterated politics. This is exactly why I ran for the United States Senate, having never been involved in politics. This is what makes people back home very nervous about the gridlock in this body. This is why President Trump still cannot meet with his full Cabinet, today, months after he was sworn in as our President. This is the very cause of gridlock that, I believe, is causing the dysfunction here in Washington.

Even Mainstream Media Agrees: Recently, the USA Today Editorial Board wrote, “Gorsuch’s credentials are impeccable,” and that, “he might well show the independence the nation needs at this moment in its history.” The Washington Post Editorial Board wrote, “We are likely to disagree with Mr. Gorsuch on a variety of major legal questions. That is different from saying he is unfit to serve.” The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board wrote, “No one can replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, but President Trump has made an excellent attempt by nominating appellate Judge Neil Gorsuch as the ninth Justice.”

If Not Gorsuch, Then Who?: If we can’t confirm this individual, who is absolutely in the middle of the profile agreed to by past Democrats and Republicans alike, who in the world will we ever be able to confirm? Seriously. Given that, if we can’t get together on this individual, who is in the mainstream, in the middle of the profile, how in the world are we ever going to save Social Security, Medicare, and all of the other critical issues that are before this body. Bipartisan compromise is what this body was built on. I call on my colleagues to put self-interest, and even party-interest, aside for the nation’s interest.

Confirming Justice Gorsuch: I’m so excited that tomorrow we will confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch as the next Associate Justice to the United States Supreme Court.