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Schumer says Gorsuch faces uphill climb for Senate confirmation

Supreme Court Judge Neil Gorsuch
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Supreme Court Judge Neil Gorsuch

U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said on Tuesday that President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, will face an uphill climb to get the 60 votes he will need for confirmation.

"The bottom line is very simple, and that is that Gorsuch did not acquit himself well at the hearings and did not impress our caucus," Schumer said, accusing Gorsuch of siding with powerful interests and expressing concerns about his independence from the president.

"It's going to be a real uphill climb for him to get those 60 votes," Schumer told reporters.