Warren says ‘Gorsuch doesn’t belong on the Supreme Court’ in op-ed

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., questions Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at DeVos' confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren. –Carolyn Kaster / AP

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Sen. Elizabeth took aim at Judge Neil Gorsuch in an op-ed piece published in The Boston Globe Monday, saying the Supreme Court nominee’s record shows he won’t defend ‘equal justice’ for every American citizen.

In a piece headlined “Neil Gorsuch does not belong on the Supreme Court,” the Massachusetts Democrat said anyone “who believes in a neutral Supreme Court guided by equal justice” should oppose his nomination. Gorsuch is President Donald Trump’s pick to fill Antonin Scalia’s seat on the high court.

Gorsuch has taken positions that are even more extreme than his extremely conservative colleagues. When it comes to the rules that protect public health and safety, Gorsuch is more radical than Scalia was. Gorsuch believes that courts should not be required to defer to expert agency interpretations of their governing laws. If he had his way, he’d make it even easier for corporations to challenge health and safety rules that prevent them from polluting our air and water, poisoning our food, undermining public safety, or cheating people out of their hard-earned savings.

Gorsuch’s Senate confirmation hearings were set to begin on Monday. Warren said while Gorsuch has an “impressive legal pedigree” and has charm and intelligence, “this is not a Miss Congeniality pageant.” She wrote:

This is a vote for a justice who will sit on the highest court in our nation for the next generation and decide cases that will touch every human being in this country. Cases about a woman’s right to choose, voting rights, LGBTQ rights, secret spending in our political system, and freedom of speech and religion. The next Supreme Court justice will help determine whether our courts will serve the interests of all of us or bend to the will of the powerful moneyed few who helped place them on the court.

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This isn’t the first time Warren has made her opposition to Gorsuch clear. Within 90 minutes of his nomination announcement in January, both Sen. Ed Markey and Warren issued statements saying they would oppose his appointment to the Supreme Court.

Read Warren’s full opinion at the Globe.

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