WRITTEN BY Bill Straub
Republicans struggling to find 60 votes to break promised filibuster.
Supreme Court pick admittedly "very careful about expressing any views" on cases to senators.
"I have no difficulty ruling against or for any party other than based on the law," nominee assures senators.
Supreme Court nominee will need 60 senators unless nuclear option detonated.
VA "has partially met two of the five criteria" for shedding designation, says watchdog.
"Historically, presidential budgets do not fare well with Congress," notes one GOP senator.