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    Senate Republican’s exercise Nuclear Option on Gorsuch Nomination

    Senate Republican’s exercise Nuclear Option on Gorsuch Nomination

    Confirmation vote should take place on Friday around 7PM EST.

    The Senate Republicans used the “nuclear option” to end the filibuster on Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court. The Senate now has 30 hours to debate before the confirmation vote, which should take place on Friday at 7PM EST.

    The Senate voted 55-45 to end the debate with three Democrats voting yes: Donnelly (IN), Heitkamp (ND), and Manchin (WV).

    With this change, a Supreme Court nominee can receive confirmation with a simple majority instead of 60 votes.

    PLEASE REMEMBER: As much as the left spins it, the nuclear option is NOT a rule change. All it does is provide a change in Senate PRECEDENT.

    Also remember that former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) started this nuclear procedure in 2013 concerning lower court nominees.

    12:50PM: The Senate breaks the filibuster on Gorsuch, 55-45. Three Democrats voted yes: Donnelly, Manchin, Heitkamp. This limits the debate to 30 hours. Confirmation vote will take place on Friday at 7PM EST.

    12:27PM: Vote on nuclear option went down the party line 52-48. Sets new precedent. Now voting to end the debate. Just needs simple majority. If this happens the Senate can debate for 30 hours.

    12:18PM: Nuclear option vote going on now. This would change the precedent and lower the bar to break filibusters for SCOTUS nominations:

    12:00PM: McConnell takes the next steps for the nuclear option by raising point of order there should be simple majority to break the filibuster. Chair rules against him. Schumer asks for motion to adjourn until 5PM

    11:50AM: Senate voting on Schumer’s request to move the revote to April 24 at 3PM

    11:45AM: Senate needed 60 votes to end the filibuster. Only got 55 yeas.

    Chad Pergram of Fox News explains the Nuclear Option:

    11:35AM: Taking a vote to reconsider the cloture vote.

    11:30AM: The Senate did not get 60 yeas. Now time for the nuclear option.

    11:20AM: 41 no votes, which means the Democrats succeeded. The GOP will move to the nuclear option.

    11AM: Senate now voting to end debate on Gorsuch.

    Important to remember: These do not change the rules of the Senate:

    They will be establishing a rules precedent under which the Senate will now operate. It’s a technical but important distinction. Changing the Senate rules requires a super majority while changing precedents only requires a simple majority.


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    jhkrischel | April 6, 2017 at 12:35 pm


    Same Same | April 6, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Pleasant surprise, but McConnell seems to be holding his team together — unlike Ryan.

    snopercod | April 6, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    We could solve many problems by repealing the 17th Amendment.

    Pelosi Schmelosi | April 6, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    I’m going to need a bigger popcorn maker!

    LukeinNE | April 6, 2017 at 2:04 pm


    Theoretically I’d like to return to the days where the Senate’s function was effectively to confirm that the judge was qualified, but that’s not happening. Democratic zealotry stole Bork’s seat from us, and now we’re getting it back. I would also argue Souter got on the court because Bush was terrified of a failed nomination. With this, GOP presidents can be just as bold as the Democrats in their picks. Here’s hoping Trump gets to replace Kennedy and one of the liberals before leaving office.

      I’m actually hoping for Kennedy, and TWO liberals on the bench.

      Notorious RBG is in failing health: at 84 she is the oldest member of the Court, has had 2 known different forms of Cancer (Colon and Pancreatic), and a heart stent. She’s said that she want’s to remain on the bench as long as she remains mentally sharp, and has a goal of serving at least to the age that Justice Stevens did before he retired at age 90. My guess is that she’s not going to make it that long. If you look at the more recent pictures of her, she’s looking more and more worn around the edges, even compared to pictures from a few years ago.

      Justice Breyer is much less likely to have an issue with remaining throughout a full Trump Presidency, but it is possible. At age 78, he’s starting to get to the age where issues will begin to arise, but as of now he has no known health issues.

        [RGB]’s said that she want’s to remain on the bench as long as she remains mentally sharp….

        It’s pretty much a given that as a SCOTUS Justice, she shouldn’t be weighing in on partisan politics.

        But she publicly railed against Trump’s nomination and election.

        Since she let her raw emotions get the best of her, I’d say her mental control is dulling.

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