Senate prepares to change rule on Supreme Court

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McConnell and Cornyn are correct in this sense: If Democrats were to succeed in blocking Gorsuch, it would be a first for the nomination of a judge to join the court.

Gorsuch's nomination is expected to come up for a vote no later than Friday.

As soon as Gorsuch is blocked, McConnell likely would ask for a new vote to end debate on the judge's confirmation. Gorsuch is. He should be confirmed.

"Instead of changing the rules on lifetime appointments that have made the Senate the greatest deliberative body, we should instead work together in a bipartisan manner to find a nominee who is capable of winning a healthy majority in the U.S. Senate", Menendez said.

At least 41 Democratic senators now say they will not vote for cloture, meaning majority Republicans will not be able to confirm Gorsuch without a change in Senate rules. But Democrats defending their seats next year must similarly contend with a liberal base that has been galvanized by Trump's ascension to the White House. Speaking on the Senate floor Monday, McConnell said: "It's not too late for our Democratic colleagues to make the right choice".

"Senator McConnell would have the world believe that his hands are tied".

Sen. Chris Coons of DE became the key 41st vote for the Democrats Monday, declaring during committee debate that Gorsuch's conservative record showed an activist approach to the law and that he evaded questions during his confirmation hearings. "That could not be further from the truth".

That's when it goes nuclear: McConnell could raise a "point of order" asserting that only 51 votes are required to end debate on high court nominees, not the usual 60.

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Walker tweeted on Tuesday that Baldwin "broke her word to Wisconsinites to give Judge Gorsuch a fair shot". A filibuster is an unlimited debate that delays a vote, and technically not what stopped Garland. We did not even get our nominee, when Sen. "There's three paths forward here, and now it is clear to the Republican majority that if they choose to break the rules, to change the rules, that will be on them", Democratic Sen. Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, employed it to help get Obama's judicial and executive nominees confirmed. The nuclear option was going to be triggered whether it was on this nomination or the next one.

"I would like to meet that idiot".

Moderates are concerned about how voters in their states - including Democrats, independents and moderate Republicans - will react to them voting for the nuclear option.

But McConnell said there is no appetite for that and that it will not happen under his leadership. "They voted their 10 electoral votes in support of President Trump, and they voted to elect me to confirm President Trump's nominee to this Supreme Court vacancy", Johnson said.

"Well I know he had great reluctance when the Democrats were going to do it".

"I think it's a dark day in the history of the United State's Senate", McCain told CNN's "New Day." It would lower the vote threshold from the current 60 to a simple majority in the 100-member Senate.

"There's not a single Senator in the majority who thinks we ought to change the legislative filibuster".

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