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02 April 2017, 01:24 | Sue Hudson
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But Murray said that she can't support Gorsuch because of his stance on reproductive rights, his "anti-worker record", and because she doesn't trust Trump.
Murray released a statement on her vote decision on Facebook Friday morning, saying that the nomination of Gorsuch "isn't normal".
Conservative activists have said they have identified 10 possible "yes" votes for Gorsuch among Democrats seeking 2018 re-election in states Trump won in the 2016 presidential election.
Murray said she also is opposing Gorsuch because of "chaos" in President Donald Trump's administration, pointing to his immigration and travel ban blocked by federal courts and an FBI investigation into the Trump campaign's connections with Russian Federation.
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"I don't believe that Judge Gorsuch, his judicial approach, would ensure fairness for workers and families in Pennsylvania", Casey said, expressing "serious concerns about Judge Gorsuch's rigid and restrictive judicial philosophy".
The comments come as Republican lawmakers in the Senate and the White House push to confirm Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by Justice Antonin Scalia's death a year ago. If enough senators oppose cloture-which ends debate on the nomination-it would require 60 votes to move forward to a final vote, essentially blocking Gorsuch.
In response to the Democratic criticism, Gorsuch repeatedly said he has often ruled for the "little guy" over corporations. Democrats expressed frustration about his refusal to answer questions on whether Supreme Court rulings favoring abortion, contraception and gay rights were correctly decided.
"Sen. Heinrich increasingly shares numerous concerns New Mexicans have voiced about Judge Gorsuch", said Whitney Potter, his spokeswoman.
Democrats also took another opportunity to voice their displeasure at how Republicans kept Judge Merrick Garland, Obama's choice for the same seat, off the court. Sen. McConnell planned a full Senate confirmation vote before senators begin a recess on April 7.
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