US Senate clashes over Trump Supreme Court pick

The expected failure of the test vote sets the stage for Republican leaders to employ the "nuclear option", which would change Senate rules in order to advance the nomination - and all subsequent Supreme Court nominees - by simple majority vote. Republicans refused to hold hearings or a vote on Merrick Garland. The Oregon Democratic senator is hoping to rally support for a filibuster of Gorsuch.

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.

Democrats are preparing to filibuster a well-qualified judge, marking the first time a partisan filibuster has been mounted against a high court nominee. The most famous filibusters came during the 1960s when southern Democrats attempted to block a host of civil rights legislation - often physically speaking on the Senate floor for hours at a time.

It also appears that absolutely no Republicans are even slightly open to any kind of deal to save the Supreme Court nomination filibuster, let alone to (as I would prefer) restore the filibuster for all judicial selections.

Democrats begged to differ, returning again and again to McConnell's decision last year to deny consideration to then-President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, who was ignored for almost a year by Senate Republicans after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

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He also said Gorsuch should not be considered until the investigation into alleged ties between Trump and Russian Federation ends.

But the vote on that motion will not come before Thursday, and it requires 60 senators to pass.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said last week he wants the Senate to vote by Friday before its two-week recess.

Jeff Merkley spoke for more than 15 hours from the Senate floor, laying out his arguments overnight against Neil Gorsuch ahead of a tense showdown over President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee at the end of the week.

For all the talk of President Donald Trump not respecting institutions, more than 90 senators this week will disrespect the United States Senate.

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

"They can choose to go nuclear or they can sit down with Democrats to preserve the grand traditions of this body", Schumer said. What do you think will happen when eventually Democrats are in majority in the Senate? GOP likely to change Senate rules to confirm him.

Walker tweeted on Tuesday that Baldwin "broke her word to Wisconsinites to give Judge Gorsuch a fair shot".

He also highlighted Republicans' desire to confirm Gorsuch and their opposition previous year to President Barack Obama's pick, Merrick Garland, saying the SCOTUS seat vacated by the death of Antonin Scalia had been "stolen" by the GOP.

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