VIDEO: Senate Democrats Filibuster Gorsuch, Republicans Deploy ‘Nuclear Option’

By  //  April 6, 2017

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ABOVE VIDEO: Democrats blocked Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch Thursday on the Senate floor, setting in motion a Republican bid to drastically change the way the Senate operates in order to push Gorsuch through to confirmation before the weekend.

(FOX NEWS) – Democrats blocked Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch Thursday on the Senate floor, setting in motion a Republican bid to drastically change the way the Senate operates in order to push Gorsuch through to confirmation before the weekend.

The Senate voted 55-45 on a motion to end debate on Gorsuch; it needed 60 to succeed. Known as a filibuster, this vote is expected to trigger Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to deploy what’s known as the “nuclear option.”

In doing so, he will move to change Senate precedent so that the Senate can move to a final tally with just a simple majority of 51 votes, as opposed to 60. If he succeeds, a final confirmation vote will be held Friday.

McConnell, kicking off the dramatic session, blasted Democrats and accused them of driving the upper chamber to this point. He said their opposition to Gorsuch isn’t about the nominee but “the man who nominated him” – and part of an “extreme escalation in the left’s never-ending drive to politicize the courts and the confirmation process.”

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