All-night Democrat talk-a-thon opposes Supreme Court pick
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 06, 2017,
Apr 06, 2017, 8:29
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday afternoon that he was confident he had the votes to change the body's rules if Democrats go through with their threat to filibuster President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.
The US Senate will vote to decide on the Supreme Court post on Thursday, when Democrats will attempt to block the confirmation Gorsuch needs to take office.
But McConnell intends to act unilaterally with the rest of the 51 other members of the GOP Senate conference and change the rules to eliminate the 60-vote threshold so that it would require just a simple majority to install Gorsuch on the high court bench, as well as all future Supreme Court nominees.
Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley has ended his marathon speech on the Senate floor against President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. In 2006, however, not a single Senate Democrat objected to Gorsuch's nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, one of four judges up for Senate confirmation on July 20 that year.
"When it's all said and done, It will be bipartisan because there are some sensible Democrats", Grassley said.
Taking up the nomination would obviously have increased the likelihood of confirmation, but a vote ending in rejection is not, I think, a insane scenario to imagine.
Top Democrat Chuck Schumer pointed to McConnell's refusal to hold hearings or a vote on Merrick Garland, whom then-president Barack Obama had tapped to replace Scalia. While the argument that the Senate has a constitutional obligation to hold hearings and a vote on a nominee is laughable, the argument that the Senate has a constitutional obligation to confirm a nominee is even more clearly laughable.
Senate Republicans have responded to the Democrat's opposition by threatening to trigger a procedural rule known as the "nuclear option". Republicans now hold 52 Senate seats.
Republicans are now citing that rule change as a precedent for their potential use of it later this week. The difference, Portman says, was that it was a campaign year.
McCain told New Day that the Republican Party could find itself in trouble if the Democrats invoke the nuclear option when it regains the majority in the Senate.
Having worked on legislation for almost a decade now, I know these words - so often written in the dead of night, in meager attempts to let everyone go home - can not be explained without reference to legislative context or human history or lawmakers' intent. "No one is forcing Senator McConnell to change the rules", he added from the Senate floor.
"Judge Gorsuch is going to be confirmed", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday.
Coons, who led the talks from the Democratic side, said the talks failed because of a lack of trust.