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03/28/2017

Ryan Lovelace

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's team is mounting a multi-pronged final push to persuade Senate Democrats to support the judge's confirmation ahead of next week's Senate vote on his bid.


Gorsuch's team told the Washington Examiner he will meet with six more senators this week ahead of next week's vote.

03/28/2017
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that the Senate would have a final vote on April 7 on President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, even as more Democrats opposed his confirmation


03/28/2017

Susan Crabtree

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Judge Neil Gorsuch faces an "uphill climb" to overcome a Democratic filibuster he is leading and argued that Republicans will be solely to blame if they blow up Senate rules to seat him on the Supreme Court.


"[Senate Democrats] are going to do the right thing, and it will a real uphill climb for him to get those 60 votes," Schumer told reporters after a closed-door meeting with his Democratic colleagues Tuesday afternoon.


The New York Democrat was referring to the 60 votes Gorsuch's nomination needs to overcome a filibuster and move to a vote on final passage on the Senate floor.


Schumer is urging his Senate colleagues to support the filibuster and block Gorsuch's nomination because he argues that Gorsuch wasn't forthcoming during his confirmation hearings and seemed to have an almost "instinctive" tendency to side with special interests over the "average person.

03/28/2017

Kyle Feldscher

It's one of the most popular pieces of legislation in Washington despite, or perhaps because of, the fact that it does not exist.


President Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure proposal piqued the interest of opponents and allies alike last month during his joint address to Congress, just as it did following his election win in November.

03/28/2017

Susan Ferrechio

The Senate will vote on the nomination of Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch on April 7, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday.


The vote will come days after the Senate Judiciary Committee considers the nomination on Monday and will potentially set up a showdown with Democrats, who are threatening to filibuster.


The vote does not guarantee Gorsuch will be confirmed.

03/28/2017

Pete Kasperowicz

White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Tuesday asked a reporter to stop shaking her head in disagreement as he answered questions about what the Trump administration is doing to reach out to people who don't agree with the White House.


April Ryan with American Urban Radio Networks asked how the White House is dealing with a range of issues, including allegations that Trump colluded with Russia to win the election.


But Spicer dismissed the idea that the Russia is a major problem for the administration.


"At some point, April, you're going to have to take 'no' for an answer with respect to whether or not there was collusion," he said.


She then asked what the White House is doing to deal with the perception that this scandal exists, and Spicer charged that she was "hellbent" on pushing that image out there.


As he was explaining that President Trump is trying to work with his political opponents, he admonished her to stop shaking her head.


"I'm sorry, please stop shaking your head again," he said as he answered.


03/28/2017

Ryan Lovelace

A coalition of liberal groups opposing Judge Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court nomination are plotting "People's Filibuster" protests in 14 states and Washington on April Fools' Day.


The protests are aimed at attracting "thousands" of protesters to listen to "everyday Americans" speak out against Gorsuch and President Trump's agenda.

03/28/2017

Joseph Lawler

Stanley Fischer, the No. 2 official at the Federal Reserve, expressed concern Tuesday about the possibility that the Trump administration could pursue protectionist policies that challenge the model of global economic integration.


"I'd be concerned if that basic model is overturned," the Fed vice chairman said in an interview on CNBC.


Fischer noted that the Trump administration has not implemented any of the campaign promises about trade that concerned him but suggested that it could turn to such actions after pursuing tax reform.


The economic integration that took place following World War II has, on balance, worked well, Fischer said.


"The way to grow was to integrate into the global economy and that worked spectacularly for China.

03/28/2017

Gabby Morrongiello

A government watchdog announced Tuesday that it is looking into the taxpayer-funded travel costs of President Trump's frequent trips to his Mar-a-Lago residence in West Palm Beach, Fla.


In a letter to members of the House Oversight Committee, the Government Accountability Office said the watchdog has initiated a review of current security procedures and protocols associated with the president's travel.


The review was requested by the committee's ranking Democrat, Congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland, and Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Tom Udall of New Mexico.