Gorsuch Confirmation by Nuclear Option Puts Workers, Families and Our Democracy at Risk
April 7, 2017
Statement from Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, CEO and executive director of MomsRising, an online and on-the-ground organization of more than one million mothers and their families, on the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court
“By invoking the nuclear option to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court without bipartisan support, U.S. Senate Republicans have moved our country in a dangerous direction, undermining our democratic institutions and imperiling the rights of women, LGBTQ+ people, communities of color, immigrants and workers.
“As moms, we teach our kids that you can’t change the rules just because you are not winning the game. When Gorsuch could not win the support of 60 U.S. Senators, his nomination should have been withdrawn. The democratic solution would have been to change the nominee, not change the rules.
“Not only was the process of his confirmation deeply troubling for our democracy, but Justice Gorsuch’s appointment itself is dangerous. His record shows that he will not protect our constitutional rights and freedoms. As the National Rifle Association’s chosen candidate, Gorsuch will surely rule against gun safety measures that protect our children, our families, and our communities. Gorsuch has also consistently ruled in favor of corporations over workers, including in the original Hobby Lobby decision, which allowed bosses to deny women birth control coverage. Further, reports that Gorsuch told his students that companies should ask women about their pregnancy plans during job interviews, as well as his claims that women manipulate employers by taking maternity leave and then quitting to stay home with their children, suggest he has troubling attitudes toward women and mothers.
“By confirming Gorsuch, U.S. Senate Republicans finished what they started last year with their shameful refusal to even hold a hearing for President Obama’s overwhelmingly qualified nominee, Judge Merrick Garland. They have ignored their constitutional responsibilities in favor of partisan politics - placing party over country to the detriment of us all. We applaud the senators who took a principled stand against Gorsuch and the nuclear option. When lawmakers stand in defense of our country’s principles and communities, the moms of America stand with them and we all win.”