McConnell Says He Has The Votes To Nuke The SCOTUS Filibuster

"By the same measure, if Judge Gorsuch can not draw enough bipartisan support to meet the 60-vote threshold for cloture, President Trump should select a new nominee", the spokesperson said. "Instead, he has chosen a nominee who, after long reflection and in hearing from my constituents, I can not support".

The move - known as the "nuclear option" - would lower the vote threshold from the current 60 to a simple majority in the 100-member Senate. "Suppose Bernie Sanders were president, and suppose Republicans had 45 votes in the Senate, and suppose Bernie Sanders wanted to put another Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the court".

For some Democrats, their resistance to Gorsuch is payback for Republicans not holding a hearing on former President Barack Obama's 11th hour nominee, Judge Merrick Garland.

The process leading to the showdown is likely to begin on Tuesday when Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sets the clock ticking on the Senate floor debate on the nomination.

Filibustering has been around for more than a century as a last-ditch obstruction tool for senators to stop or delay legislation.

Observed Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the panel: "We can't even agree on lunch".

"Anything related to Susan Rice or any of these other suggestions will be handled by the intelligence committee", McConnell said, "and we look forward to receiving their report".

There are appeals pending on expanding gun rights to include carrying concealed firearms in public, state voting restrictions critics say are aimed at reducing minority turnout, and allowing business owners to object on religious grounds to serving gay couples.

"I think it's a dark day in the history of the United States Senate". Now they are changing the rules to make it a simple majority. "Because if we have to, we will change the rules". "He's doing it at his own volition", Sen. Senator McConnell and my colleagues are completely free actors and are making a choice.

One such case is a bid by Miami to revive lawsuits accusing major banks of predatory mortgage lending to black and Hispanic home buyers.

"I think it's obvious that the Senate is not a healthy institution", Sen.

While it was Republicans obstructing nominees then, and Republicans who accused Democrats at the time of "break [ing] the rules to change the rules", McConnell said in his Tuesday morning floor speech that if he does the same thing now, it would be the Democrats' fault.

Pressed again if that meant she would vote for the rule change, she would not directly answer the question. Most experts expect Gorsuch to be more aligned with the court's two most stalwart conservatives, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas.

Senators don't exactly want to go on the record saying they're in support of the rule change - in fact, many of them personally aren't. When a reporter asked why he was being coy, he denied it. Of course, I'm going to vote to confirm Judge Gorsuch. Republicans said at the time that Democrats would come to regret the move.

The vote Thursday will be a critical one for Gorsuch. One way or the other I'll vote for him.

  • Zachary Reyes