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neil gorsuch confirmation: what is the nuclear option?

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to approve President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on Monday, bringing a confirmation vote closer to the full Senate. But it also became clear that Democrats have the votes to filibuster his nomination. So what's next?Sixty votes are required to overcome a filibuster, and it doesn't look like Republicans have those votes. That means Republicans would likely have to invoke the "nuclear option." That's Capitol Hill-speak for amending long-standing Senate rules requiring a 60-vote threshold to confirm Supreme Court nominees, which would allow the GOP to install Gorsuch with a simple majority vote.It is almost certain that such a move would result in Gorsuch's confirmation to the Supreme Court. But it would also mark the first time the o

neil gorsuch: mitch mcconnell files for cloture

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has filed a motion for cloture on the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch, taking the the first official step in an inevitable partisan showdown that could result in the GOP invoking the "nuclear option."The Senate will vote to invoke cloture on Thursday."Due to an unprecedented filibuster threat, I just filed cloture on the Judge #Gorsuch nomination," McConnell tweeted Tuesday evening.The cloture motion, which McConnell was expected to file, is a procedural tactic: a vote to end the debate over the confirmation.But the Senate needs 60 votes to invoke cloture. And enough Democrats have said they would vote against it, meaning they can filibuster the nomination.This sets the stage for McConnell to change the rules by introducing a vote for the "nu

nuclear option: john mccain opposes neil gorsuch move

Arizona Sen. John McCain has harsh words for his Republican colleagues who want to invoke thenuclear option” to confirm President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.“After 200 years — at least 100 years — of this tradition where the Senate has functioned pretty well, they think it would be a good idea to blow it up,” McCain told reporters Tuesday in remarks reported by NBC News.“Idiot — no, whoever said that is a stupid idiot,” McCain added.Senate Republicans have suggested they would use thenuclear option” to change Senate voting rules to confirm Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch without the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster. The rule change would allow Gorsuch to be approved with a simple majority of 51 votes, instead of a super-majority of 60. Republicans hold

sen. cory gardner would go 'nuclear' to support boulder's neil gorsuch for supre

WASHINGTON - If Judge Neil Gorsuch, a Boulder resident, doesn't receive enough votes to break a potential filibuster, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado said Wednesday he would support a change in Senate rules - the so-called “nuclear option” - to make sure Gorsuch is confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court.Gardner previously has stopped short of saying that he would back a rules change to allow the Republican-controlled Senate to confirm Gorsuch with a simple majority rather than the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster.But with Democrats ratcheting up the pressure of a potential filibuster, Gardner said he was ready to go nuclear to put a fellow Coloradan and conservative on the high court.“Neil Gorsuch will be an associate justice on the United States Supreme Court. It's just a matter of h

neil gorsuch senate vote on cloture: watch online

The Senate is set to vote Thursday on invoking cloture, the process for ending a filibuster, for the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch.In total, 44 Democrats are expected to oppose the nomination, meaning that the GOP lack the 60 votes needed to prevent a filibuster, leaving them more likely to trigger the "nuclear option," the Associated Press reports.The option refers to the GOP changing Senate rules to be able to successfully invoke cloture with just 52 votes, instead of 60. Such a move would be remarkable, especially for the confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee, but has been repeatedly threatened by Senator Mitch McConnell, the chamber's majority leader.The vote is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET and is expected to last two hours. Watch live above.

neil gorsuch confirmed: path to scotus runs through bork

The Senate confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States, which was made official on Friday, caps a long and contentious process that began more than a year ago, with the February 2016 death of Antonin Scalia.But, though this has been one of the longest periods in Supreme Court history with a vacant seat on the bench — and the longest overall since the court went to its current nine-justice format in 1869 — the events that set Gorsuch on his way there can be traced back even further. In some ways, his road to the Supreme Court goes back decades.Gorsuch's nomination might not have happened in the first place if the Senate had not refused to consider confirming Merrick Garland, who was nominated to fill that same seat by President Obama. And his nomination would not

neil gorsuch: chuck grassley has to make bedtime

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley will not lose any sleep over the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who presided over the confirmation hearing on Tuesday, said he will hand over responsibilities to his colleague, North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis at 8 p.m. so he can get to bed by 9 p.m., according to Politico.It's been a long day for Grassley — the second day of Gorsuch's hearing began at 9:30 a.m. E.T.

donald trump's supreme court pick neil gorsuch confirmed after republicans go nu

President Donald Trump's pick for the US Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, was confirmed by the US Senate on Friday, capping a political brawl that lasted for more than a year and tested constitutional norms inside the Capitol's fraying upper chamber.The development was a triumph for President Donald Trump, whose campaign last year rested in large part on his pledge to appoint another committed conservative to succeed Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February 2016. However rocky the first months of his administration may have been, Mr Trump now has a lasting legacy: Mr Gorsuch, 49, could serve on the court for 30 years or more.
The Supreme Court's newest Justice, Neil Gorsuch. Photo: APVice President Mike Pence presided over the final vote Friday, a show of force for the White House

donald trump's supreme court pick neil gorsuch confirmed after republicans go nu

President Donald Trump's pick for the US Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, was confirmed by the US Senate on Friday, capping a political brawl that lasted for more than a year and tested constitutional norms inside the Capitol's fraying upper chamber.The development was a triumph for President Donald Trump, whose campaign last year rested in large part on his pledge to appoint another committed conservative to succeed Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February 2016. However rocky the first months of his administration may have been, Mr Trump now has a lasting legacy: Mr Gorsuch, 49, could serve on the court for 30 years or more.
The Supreme Court's newest Justice, Neil Gorsuch. Photo: APVice President Mike Pence presided over the final vote Friday, a show of force for the White House

neil gorsuch confirmation: senators worried about nuclear option

In all likelihood, Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed to the Supreme Court later this week. But senators from both parties fear that the fight to put him there will dramatically change the upper chamber and the court.To overcome a threatened filibuster, Republicans will need to trigger the so-called nuclear option to change Senate rules, allowing Gorsuch to be seated with a simple majority.But some warn that will erode important traditions in the Senate while also reducing the incentive for presidents to nominate more moderate judges who would receive bipartisan support."I believe our actions will haunt us," Arizona Sen. John McCain of Arizona warned on the Senate floor Wednesday. "We will see more and more nominees from the extremes of both left and right."Sarah Binder, a professor at George

democrats go to war over neil gorsuch

If Republicans want to confirm President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, they’ll likely have to change the rules and invoke the Senate’s “nuclear option.”

republicans go 'nuclear' to clear way for trump court pick gorsuch

US Republicans swatted away decades of tradition Thursday by changing Senate rules to ensure Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the Supreme Court, bypassing the first-ever successful opposition block on a high-court nominee. President Donald Trump's pick, embraced by conservatives but opposed by most Democrats, failed to receive the 60 votes necessary to end debate on his nomination and move to a simple majority confirmation vote in the 100-seat Senate.In response, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moved to change the rules to ensure that a simple majority suffices to advance Gorsuch -- and all subsequent Supreme Court nominees -- from the debate to a confirmation vote.The rule change -- known as the "nuclear option" -- was approved along party lines in the Republican-controlled Senate, l

michael bennet won't back filibuster of boulder's neil gorsuch

Michael Bennet, left, and Neil Gorsuch WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet won't support a filibuster of Judge Neil Gorsuch, describing Democratic efforts to block the Colorado native as taking the Senate in the “wrong direction.”But the Colorado Democrat still won't say whether he'll actually vote to put the 10th Circuit of Appeals judge on the U.S. Supreme Court - even though a full Senate vote is expected Friday.“Using the filibuster and nuclear option at this moment takes us in the wrong direction,” Bennet said in a statement.His decision, first reported by The Colorado Independent, follows weeks of indecision by the Colorado Democrat on what to do with Gorsuch, the first high-court pick of President Donald Trump.Senate aides said Bennet has used the time to try and broker a deal in

neil gorsuch confirmation: see photos of his life

Federal judge Neil Gorsuch will face confirmation hearings in the Senate this week.A judge in Colorado on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, Gorsuch was nominated by President Trump to fill the seat left empty by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.President Obama had previously nominated Judge Merrick Garland, an appeals court judge on the District of Columbia Circuit, for that opening, but Senate Republicans refused to hold confirmation hearings for him.Gorsuch has received support from his classmates at Columbia and Harvard Law School, while Democrats have tried to highlight the human side of his past decisions. He's also said that he found Trump's attacks on other judges "demoralizing."Here's a look at Gorsuch's life in photographs. Michelle Molloy, who edited this photo e

supreme court pick neil gorsuch's senate vote: watch online

The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on Monday morning.The vote marks the latest hurdle Gorsuch needs to clear ahead of being confirmed for a spot on the Supreme Court, but it's hardly the last. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said a final vote for Gorsuch will come by this Friday, but some 36 Democrats have either said or hinted that they would filibuster the nomination this week.McConnell told Meet the Press that Gorsuch will be confirmed this week, but how it happens depends on how many Democrats are "willing to oppose cloture on a partisan basis to kill a Supreme Court nominee."Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said it was "highly unlikely" that Gorsuch will receive the 60 votes he needs to get confirmed in an

neil gorsuch confirmation hearing: livestream online

It's day two of the Senate hearing for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's pick to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.On the first day of his confirmation hearing Monday, Gorsuch defended his judicial record, preempting attacks by Democrats who have accused him of siding with corporate interests over workers. Giving an opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday afternoon, he said he has tried to "treat all who come before me fairly and with respect."While Democrats had a chance Monday to speak out against Republicans' refusal to consider President Barack Obama's nominee Merrick Garland, Gorsuch will face questioning from them Tuesday.The hearing is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. E.T. You can watch it live above.

neil gorsuch confirmation: roe vs. wade is court precedent

(WASHINGTON) — Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch says he won't weigh in with his personal views on Roe vs. Wade or any other Supreme Court decision in his confirmation hearing.Gorsuch was asked Tuesday by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley to discuss the case that legalized abortion nationwide. The nominee would only say it's a court precedent that has been reaffirmed many times. He gave similar answers to Grassley's questions about other important cases on such subjects as guns and campaign finance.Gorsuch said if he were to discuss those cases, "I would be tipping my hand and suggesting to litigants that I have already made up my mind about cases."He added: "I think that's the beginning of the end of the independent judiciary."

neil gorsuch: watch online as senate considers scotus pick

Debate is continuing on the Senate floor over Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to be an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court.Senator Jeff Merkely is delivering a speech that has several hours, in an attempt to draw attention to the debate and the nomination. The speech is not a filibuster, according to the Associated Press.More than 40 Democrats have said they will vote against the nomination, leaving it vulnerable to a filibuster, which has increased the likelihood of the GOP and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell triggering the "nuclear option." The phrase refers to changing Senate rules to confirm Gorsuch with a majority of 51 votes, instead of the current 60 needed to break a filibuster.The vote on Gorsuch's fate is expected on Friday. Watch the debate live, above.

q of the week: what would you ask gorsuch?

Monday marked the beginning of what will probably be Judge Neil Gorsuch’s toughest job interview: his Supreme Court confirmation hearings…

republicans execute 'nuclear option,' ending supreme court filibusters

A couple of hours ago, the Senate took up Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination, and the cloture vote didn’t go his way. Instead of reaching the 60-vote threshold, Gorsuch ended up with 55 (it would’ve been 56, but Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had to change his vote for procedural reasons).That left Republicans with a choice: either encourage Donald Trump to send a more mainstream nominee for the high court – one who would garner more bipartisan support – or change the rules of the Senate to end all Supreme Court filibusters forever more.The GOP majority chose the latter.In the short term, the vote means Gorsuch’s nomination will return to the floor, probably tomorrow, for a final up-or-down confirmation vote. With no Republican opponents, the conservative is now all but certain

republicans execute 'nuclear option,' ending supreme court filibusters

A couple of hours ago, the Senate took up Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination, and the cloture vote didn’t go his way. Instead of reaching the 60-vote threshold, Gorsuch ended up with 55 (it would’ve been 56, but Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had to change his vote for procedural reasons).That left Republicans with a choice: either encourage Donald Trump to send a more mainstream nominee for the high court – one who might garner more bipartisan support – or change the rules of the Senate to end all Supreme Court filibusters forevermore.The GOP majority chose the latter.In the short term, the vote means Gorsuch’s nomination will return to the floor, probably tomorrow, for a final up-or-down confirmation vote. With no Republican opponents, the conservative is now all but certain

neil gorsuch confirmation: democrats ready attack lines

Senate Democrats will get their chance to publicly question Neil Gorsuch this week when he faces the Judiciary Committee for his confirmation hearing.Gorsuch has been privately meeting with senators for more than a month now, in some cases even distancing himself from Trump behind the scenes to curry favor with wary Democrats.Democrats will now ask Gorsuch more about Trump's rhetoric and policies, as well as dig into his own record— this time in full view of the press and the public.Here are six Democratic attack lines to watch.1. Split Gorsuch from Trump on substanceDemocrats will likely try to put daylight between Gorsuch and Trump on policy. One issue that's almost sure to come up is Trump's revised travel ban, after judges in both Hawaii and Maryland rejected it last week. Many Democra

gorsuch asked about bathroom breaks during...

Republican Sen. Benjamin Sasse briefly lightened up day two of Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearings with a question texted in from Saase's wife

neil gorsuch confirmation: chuck schumer plans to filibuster

Democrats just moved a little closer to filibustering Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer announced Thursday that he will oppose President Trump's nominee on a cloture vote, prepping the way for a potential filibuster.Speaking on the Senate floor, the New York Democrat argued that Gorsuch "almost instinctively favors the powerful over the weak," that he “was unable to sufficiently convince me that he’d be an independent check” on President Trump, and that he's "not a neutral legal mind but someone with a deep-seated conservative ideology."As the leading Democrat in the Senate, Schumer's opposition to Gorsuch isn't surprising, but going a step further and saying that he would vote against cloture was the loudest telegraph yet of potential Democratic pla

nuclear option: orrin hatch on gorsuch and senate vote

Judge Neil Gorsuch is sworn in on the first day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill March 20, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Justin Sullivan—Getty ImagesI’m not happy Senate Republicans had to eliminate the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees. I’m an institutionalist. I love the Senate and what it represents. I value debate and honor bipartisanship.But let me be clear: We are here because of what Democrats have done over the last thirty years to poison the confirmation process. I speak from experience, as I’ve been here through all of it.I was here when Democrats started the confirmation wars with their treatment of Robert Bork. Just one year earlier, Senator Ted Kennedy had attempted to filibuster J

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