Schumer: 'Virtually impossible' to reach deal on Gorsuch

Perhaps the most conservative Democratic senator, Manchin made the statement while his party's leadership is piecing together a plan to filibuster Gorsuch's confirmation vote. In the introduction, Bennet criticized Republicans' refusal a year ago to consider former President Barack Obama's nominee to the same Supreme Court seat Gorsuch would occupy if confirmed.

Sens. Joe Manchin from West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp from North Dakota say they will support the president's nominee.

Schumer had tough words for his Republican counterpart, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, in an interview with The Associated Press, saying "the public will judge" whether changing the rule to ease Gorsuch in would be a good idea. "I still have questions and concerns about Judge Gorsuch", Cantwell's statement said. Maria Cantwell will oppose confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.

McCaskill's decision came a day after she said she was torn over the decision.

Heitkamp also said she was "disturbed" by the way Garland was treated.

Manchin was the last among the four senators representing West Virginia and OH to take a public stance on Gorsuch's nomination. Sen. Democrats fear a second Trump nominee if a seat is vacated could make Gorsuch seem liberal by comparison. "And, by the way, so did a number of Democrats who are now serving in the United State Senate", Portman said in a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday. All of the Senate's 52 Republicans are expected to support him.

The maneuver would help Republicans end a Democratic filibuster next week over Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. "Therefore, I can not support cloture and will not support the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court". Harry Reid of Nevada and upset about the blockage of President Barack Obama's nominees to a powerful appellate court.

If not, Republicans are poised to use the "nuclear" option and changes the rules to a simple majority vote.

"God forbid, Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies".

The court has been operating with eight members since the death of Antonin Scalia in February 2016. Justice Anthony Kennedy, the pivotal vote closest to the court's center, is 80.

"The deal would be, 'We won't change the rules on the next one, ' but the nuclear option is always available". Moreover, such a change would likely usher in a future in which the Senate loses its more deliberative contribution to American legislation.

Of course, the Supreme Court seat to which Gorsuch is nominated remains open because Republicans refused to give President Barack Obama's nominee Merrick Garland a hearing - let alone a vote - a year ago.

"Judge Garland didn't even get the opportunity to be filibustered, so let's not say this is unprecedented", Schumer said.