McConnell claims votes to bust Supreme Court filibuster

Posted April 06, 2017

To stop a filibuster, the Standing Rules of the Senate require 60 votes, what's called a cloture vote. If Republicans follow suit and use the so-called "nuclear option," Gorsuch could be confirmed with a simple majority by Friday, Thune said. "McConnell broke 230 years of Senate precedent, didn't even allow Judge [Merrick] Garland a hearing or a vote", Schumer said Tuesday. And, as Ari Berman writes, there are a number of reasons-from the treatment of Merrick Garland to Gorsuch's own record-to continue to fight this nomination.

Independent Sen. Angus King says he will oppose President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

Regardless of the controversy surrounding a nuclear option, Republicans remain optimistic. Now, the tables are turned and Democrats have sufficient votes to block Gorsuch.

The Senate Judiciary Committee's primarily Republican approval of Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court has Democrats fighting back.

Democratic senators are still angered by the refusal of Senate Republicans previous year even to consider former Democratic President Barack Obama's nomination of appellate judge Merrick Garland to fill the same high court vacancy that Trump has selected Gorsuch to fill.

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

The nuclear option would lower the threshold for breaking a filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee from 60 to 51, meaning the majority party could approve a nominee on a party line vote.

"Judge Gorsuch is going to be confirmed", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. While majority haven't gone so far as to say that they will oppose anyone Trump nominated (as, after all, Republicans did when this seat became vacant during Barack Obama's presidency), they have hinted that this is in fact what they are up to.

"Senator McConnell would have the world believe that his hands are tied", U.S. Senator, Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said. What do you think will happen when eventually Democrats are in majority in the Senate?

Senate Democrats planned to filibuster the nomination. However, when they talk for the objective of delaying a vote, it's considered a filibuster.

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"I encourage all of my colleagues to give him fair consideration and to advance his nomination to an up-or-down vote", he said Monday night.

Merkley also decried the tactics senate Republicans used to block President Barack Obama from filling the seat vacated when former Justice Antonin Scalia died suddenly past year. "No one is forcing Senator McConnell to change the rules", he added from the Senate floor.

"I invested a lot of time in the last week in meeting with, talking to and exchanging ideas with both Republicans and Democrats", he said.

"I'm here at 4:20 in the morning because so much is at stake in terms of the legitimacy of the court", Merkley said as he stood on the floor surrounded by a few charts to help keep him on track.

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