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    Senate Confirms NEIL GORSUCH

    Senate Confirms NEIL GORSUCH

    Thanks, Harry Reid Rule

    It’s a done deal. Mr. Associate Justice Neal Gorsuch.

    BEFORE THE VOTE:

    After Democrats forced Republicans to invoke the Harry Reid Rule to close debate on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, there will be an up or down vote on confirmation with only 51 votes needed to confirm. The vote is expected to start at 11:30 a.m. Eastern.

    Considering that 55 Senators voted to close debate, confirmation is all but assured despite a smear campaign by Democrat Senators and activist groups.

    https://twitter.com/SenWarren/status/850081351952990208

    Remember that some of the most vocal Democrats were in favor of elimination of the judicial filibuster in 2013 when Harry Reid did it, which is why it should be called the Harry Reid Rule. Jeff Merkley predicted End Times after the Gorsuch cloture vote, yet supported the Harry Reid Rule in 2013:

    https://twitter.com/SenJeffMerkley/status/850028285841027072

    This is a historic moment as it signals a return to the the confirmation process that existed before Democrat Deceit on Judicial Filibusters:

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    snapper451 | April 7, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Isn’t it Senator Mullarkey from Oregon?


     
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    snapper451 | April 7, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Isn’t it Senator Mullarkey from Oregon?


     
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    texasron | April 7, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    I think Hillary Clinton needs to be indicted for the crimes the FBI found and refused to pursue. This may give the Dems something else to think about and shut the Clintons forever.

    Got this email from my brother. Probably only be of interest to wonks.

    “From a friend who’s connected to GOP insiders:
    Mitch McConnell is a frickin’ genius.
    Oh, and while I’m at it, not only was McConnell courageous, he was also smart. My buddy Marty Scott explains why (and yes, this is worth noting, because Republicans are rarely smart, particularly in matters of procedure):
    “Instead of moving to amend the rules, McConnell made a Point of Order that under the rule change pushed through by the Democrats in 2013, nominations for Supreme Court do not require 60 votes. The Chair ruled that the Point of Order was not sustained. McConnell then appealed the ruling of the chair. Once the vote is taken on whether to sustain the ruling of the chair and the Chair is overruled, Republicans will be able to state factually correctly that they did not change the rules. By the procedure, it will be deemed that the removal of the 60 vote requirement was done by the Democrats’ 2013 rule change.”


       
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      Sam in Texas in reply to 4fun. | April 7, 2017 at 7:45 pm

      I recognize that I have a bias against Yertle, especially as being competent and having a spine. I acknowledge that doing “the nuclear option” was something I never expected him to follow through with. Nevertheless, I doubt very much he is a genius, except in France (Weird Al reference).

      This is the Senate Rule: http://www.rules.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=RuleXXII

      This is what Harry Reid did:

      https://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/floor_activity/2013/11_21_2013_Senate_Floor.htm Executive Business (Thursday, November 21) PN527 : Patricia Ann Millett, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit

      What McConnell did sounds exactly like what Harry Reid did. Senate Congressional Record not up for the day in question as I type this.

      If Reid changed the Rule, so did McConnell. If McConnell did not change the Rule, neither did Reid.


         
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        Sam in Texas in reply to Sam in Texas. | April 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm

        https://www.congress.gov/crec/2017/04/04/CREC-2017-04-04-senate-bk3.pdf pages 7 and 8

        The PRESIDING OFFICER. The majority leader.

        Mr. MCCONNELL. Madam President, our Democratic colleagues have done something today that is unprecedented in the history of the Senate. Unfortunately, it has brought us to this point. We need to restore the norms and traditions of the Senate and get past this unprecedented partisan filibuster. Therefore, I raise a point of order that the vote on cloture, under the precedent set on November 21, 2013, is a majority vote for all nominations.

        The PRESIDING OFFICER. The precedent of November 21, 2013, did not apply to nominations to the Supreme Court. Those nominations are considered under plain language of rule XXII. The point of order is not sustained.

        Mr. MCCONNELL. Madam President, I appeal the ruling of the Chair.

        The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The question is, Shall the decision of the Chair stand as the judgment of the Senate?
        Mr. MCCONNELL. Mr. President, I ask for the yeas and nays.
        The PRESIDENT pro tempore. Is there a sufficient second? There appears to be a sufficient second. The clerk will call the roll. The legislative clerk called the roll. The result was announced—yeas 48, nays 52, as follows: …
        The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The decision of the Chair does not stand as the judgment of the Senate.

    That’s baby step away from the twilight fringe (a.k.a. penumbra). One giant leap for humanity.


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