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Senator ends marathon 15-hour speech against Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch (AP/Susan Walsh)
Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch (AP/Susan Walsh)

Democratic senator Jeff Merkley has ended his marathon speech on the Senate floor against President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.

The Oregon politician yielded the floor at 10.15am on Wednesday - 15 hours after he began highlighting his party's opposition to Mr Gorsuch.

During his attention-grabbing speech, Mr Merkley stood next to a blown-up, poster-style portion of the Constitution with the words "We the People" showing.

Mr Gorsuch is a 10-year veteran of a federal appeals court in Denver, where he has compiled a highly conservative record that has led Democrats to complain he too often sides with corporations without regard to the humanity of the plaintiffs before him.

Mr Merkley said Mr Gorsuch's disdain for class action lawsuits, often brought by consumers, is an example of the judge's business-friendly world-view.

Press Association

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