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Norton to Co-Host CBC Special Order Opposing Gorsuch Nomination

Apr 3, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Judicial Nomination Working Group, will co-host a CBC special order on the House floor with CBC members to oppose the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court tonight, Monday, April 3, 2017, at approximately 8:00 p.m.  Norton will speak on Gorsuch’s record before and after he became a federal judge, highlighting the harmful impact that President Trump’s nominee would have on the African American community.  Last week, Norton and CBC Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) submitted testimony, on behalf of the CBC, to the Senate Judiciary Committee opposing Judge Gorsuch’s nomination.

“Throughout his career, Judge Gorsuch has shown a decided distaste for vindication of equal rights in the courts, where African Americans and other vulnerable minorities across the nation have had to go to secure their rights,” Norton said.  “African Americans need a Supreme Court that is sensitive to their continuing quest for equal rights.  I will also remind my colleagues that the 680,000 American citizens who live in the District of Columbia, who have no senators, will have their voices go unheard in deciding this all-important lifetime appointment.”