On Tuesday evening, and into Wednesday morning, Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley conducted a 15-hour speech opposing Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch.
Then, as soon as he finished, he got the bad news — his all-night speech made no difference to the Gorsuch vote whatsoever.
Free Beacon reports:
Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley (Ore.) on Wednesday morning ended his 15-hour protest against Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court, which the Senate will not delay considering despite the verbal marathon.
Merkley began speaking around 6:50 p.m. on Tuesday evening and finished at 10:14 a.m. on Wednesday, according to the Hill.
During his protest, Merkley launched a broad-based attack against Gorsuch, discussing his past opinions among other issues. The Oregon lawmaker also repeated Democratic objections that Gorsuch’s nomination represents a seat “stolen” from former President Obama’s nominee to the high court, Judge Merrick Garland.
“I’ve been here through the night talking about this to say how important this is that we not do this, that to proceed to fill this stolen seat that will damage the court for decades to come and damage the Senate for decades to come,” Merkley said on Wednesday morning.
Republicans discounted Merkley’s protest, which will have no impact on the cloture vote on Gorsuch’s nomination.
Nathan Brand, spokesman for the conservative group America Rising Squared, told the Hill that Merkley’s speech was like “those all-nighters before a test in college.”
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