Sen. Charles E. Schumer is making it no secret that he’s preparing to do what’s necessary to make sure the Supreme Court tilts to the left next year.
“My number one goal, should I become majority leader with your help, is to get a progressive Supreme Court,” the New York Democrat told a policy conference hosted by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network Wednesday morning.
“A progressive majority on the Supreme Court is an imperative, and if I become majority leader, I will make it happen,” Schumer said. “I will make it happen.”
Since the 2016 Senate electoral map would likely only yield Democrats a narrow majority under the most optimistic circumstances, the comments are an early indication that Schumer could be open to making procedural changes to enable confirmation of a more outwardly progressive Supreme Court nominee.
Under current precedents, Supreme Court nominations still require 60 votes to overcome filibuster threats, since they were not included in the changes pushed through in November 2013 by Majority Leader Harry Reid.
“This community knows better than any other how important the progressive Supreme Court is,” Schumer told the African-American audience.