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Shaheen Defends Filibuster, Says Gorsuch 'Too Extreme' For U.S

Shaheen Defends Filibuster, Says Gorsuch 'Too Extreme' For U.S”

The leader said that the 60-vote cloture rule on nominees like Gorsuch was not as important a feature as the 60-vote threshold for bills. Since Vice President Mike Pence can cast a tie-breaking vote, Republicans need at least 50 of their 52 members to support changing the rules for Supreme Court nominees.

Senate Republican leaders have scheduled a crucial procedural vote on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch for Thursday.

"293 days without a fair hearing or vote".

As such, this is nothing but partisan politics to the fullest, and if the Republicans can not garner the required 60 votes to end debate and send the nomination to the floor for a vote, we expect they will change the rules and confirm Judge Gorsuch on a straight party-line vote.

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Sen. Susan Collins of ME, who hasn't said how she will vote on the nuclear option, argued that both parties "will rue the day" that led to the likely rule change. "That could not be further from the truth".

Lawmakers from both parties have observed that the nuclear option will lead to fewer consensus Supreme Court nominees and more fringe justices.

Still, McConnell's relative nonchalance about changing the rules contrasts with the comments of some of his Republican colleagues, who have said they have grave concerns. Sen.

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However, in an interview with Meet the Press, McConnell indicated the legislative filibuster is safe, even if he triggers a change of rules regarding Supreme Court nominees.

What we are poised to do at the end of this week will have tremendous consequences and I fear that some day we will regret what we're about to do, In fact, I'm confident we will. Sen. More immediately, Gorsuch's confirmation to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia 14 months ago would restore the conservative voting majority that existed before Scalia's death. The Oregon Democratic senator is hoping to rally support for a filibuster of Gorsuch.

Gorsuch's confirmation would also serve as vindication for McConnell's strategy of refusing to fill Scalia's seat previous year, instead leaving it open for the next president, even though few imagined then that that person would be Trump.

Merkley wrote on Twitter, "This is a stolen seat that demands as robust a resistance as we can possibly mount". That leaves Republicans shy of the needed votes to end the filibuster and proceed with the nomination.

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The Democrats have once again gone into a room and convinced themselves to do something that's never been done before in the 230 year history of the Senate and that is to require more than 51 votes to confirm a Supreme Court nominee. For now the filibuster barrier on legislation will remain, though many fear it could be the next to go. Republicans have said regardless of what the Democrats do, Gorsuch will be confirmed on Friday.



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