SUPREME COURT // The Senate began debate on the Gorsuch nomination as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed confidence that Republicans had enough votes to trigger the “nuclear option” and confirm Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. http://cvote.it/2o00I3x
SUPREME COURT // Guy Benson: “History lesson: On judicial nominations, GOP must punish Democrats for decades of unprecedented escalations” http://cvote.it/2nZsL2W
HEALTH CARE // Vice President Pence is trying to win over conservative Republicans with a new health care plan, and that has Republican moderates upset. http://cvote.it/2oXSVkj
IMMIGRATION // Can a Catholic support a border wall? Fr. Dwight Longenecker examines the issue in light of Church teaching. http://cvote.it/2oYdspa
INTERNET // There’s been a lot of misinformation about Internet privacy. In 2015, President Obama moved jurisdiction over privacy from the Federal Trade Commission to the Federal Communication Commission. The action last week by Congress was to return Internet privacy regulations back to where they were before. An article written by the heads of both these agencies explains exactly what happened. http://cvote.it/2o0IRcG
COLLEGES // Sadly, this is all too common: An abortion activist at Texas State knocked down pro-life signs and screamed profanities at pro-life students. http://cvote.it/2oXYtLE
WEDNESDAY WORD // Cloture – From the French word for ‘ending,’ cloture is the procedure for ending debate. In the Senate, a 3/5th majority is needed for cloture on most legislation. The Senate rules on cloture for Supreme Court nominations might be changed this week from 3/5th vote to a simply majority.
SUPREME COURT // As Senate Democrats barrel towards a filibuster of Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court, prominent liberal legal commentators are urging Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to chart a different course. (Schumer remains unwilling to bend). http://cvote.it/2o0Rmoe
Joshua Mercer is a co-founder of CatholicVote.org, where he serves as Political Director. Mercer previously served as Washington Correspondent for the National Catholic Register and Chairman for Students for Life of America. He lives in Michigan with his wife and six children.