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Following Committee Vote, Fr. Pavone Urges Senate to Approve Judge Gorsuch This Week


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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today applauded the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote to recommend Judge Neil Gorsuch to the full Senate for confirmation to the Supreme Court.

“With the Committee’s vote, Senate Democrats face a dilemma of their own making,” said Fr. Pavone.  “Do they do the right thing and vote to confirm Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court or do they force Speaker McConnell to invoke the Reid Rule, thereby reducing the votes required for a Supreme Court nominee from 60 to 51?  Either way, Judge Gorsuch should be sitting on the Supreme Court next Monday morning.”

With the Judiciary Committee’s vote, Judge Gorsuch’s nomination now goes to the Senate floor.  Minority Leader Charles Schumer has stated his intention to filibuster the nomination.  Speaker Mitch McConnell has indicated, however, that he may use the Reid Rule to approve Judge Gorsuch this week.  The Reid Rule, named after former Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid, allows federal lower court judges and executive branch appointees to be confirmed by a majority vote.  The Senate could vote this week to extend the rule to Supreme Court nominees.

“There’s no doubt that Judge Gorsuch is qualified,” added Fr. Pavone, “and there’s no doubt that were the roles reversed, Democrats would change the Senate rules to approve their activist liberal Supreme Court nominees by a majority vote.  With the Supreme Court and our rights at stake for decades to come, the Senate must act decisively to approve Judge Gorsuch this week.”

Priests for Life has called people to action on this nomination through our regular action alert at, and through the appearance this week of our full-time priest associate, Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, on the Eternal Word Television Network.


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