GOING NUCLEAR – McConnell Pushes ‘Constitutional Option’ on Gorsuch Confirmation
The SCOTUS situation is growing even more volatile thanks to Democrats.
On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell made a move for cloture on President Trump’s SCOTUS nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch.
The move is a big one as it puts the future of both Judge Gorsuch and Senate rules in a precarious position. The necessary votes to get Gorsuch confirmed must now be assembled for the constitutional option to be a-go, the move would end all debate and would force a vote this Thursday.
The important thing to note about this is that 50 of the 52 Republicans would have to sign on so that the rules currently in place with the Senate can end in a simple majority vote on cloture regarding SCOTUS nominees.
Breitbart news reports:
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), who, due to his dealing with Harry Reid’s Democratic majority during the Obama Administration to preserve the filibuster, was seen as a possible holdout, gave his strongest indication yet that he is prepared to do whatever is necessary to bring Gorsuch to a vote. Tuesday afternoon he told Breitbart News:
“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. I have spoken on the Senate floor twice in recent weeks to try to convince Democrats not to filibuster Judge Gorsuch’s nomination because it will be damaging to the Senate and to the country. When I was in the minority, I opposed President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, but I did not support a filibuster of her nomination — I believed she was entitled to a majority vote — and Judge Gorsuch is also entitled to a majority vote.”
Currently, Democrats have at least 42 senators pledged to filibuster an attempt to bring the Gorsuch nomination to a full Senate vote. The Democrats have forced the hands of Republicans at this point by ensuring their usage of the “constitutional option”.
And for those whiny liberals complaining about the ‘nuclear option’, here is a video of Harry Reid calling for it in 2013…