Two Senate Democrats facing tough re-elections next year say they will vote for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.
Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota announced in statements Thursday that they would vote for Judge Neil Gorsuch.
Manchin says he holds “no illusions that I will agree with every decision Judge Gorsuch may issue in the future, but I have not found any reasons why this jurist should not be a Supreme Court Justice.”
Heitkamp says she expects Gorsuch to follow through on his promise of an independent judiciary that “acts as a proper check and balance on the other two branches of government.”
Republicans need eight Democrats to vote with them to break the 60-vote threshold to move forward on the nomination next week.
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