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9 Steps to Go Nuclear in Senate

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By    |   Tuesday, 04 Apr 2017 12:27 PM

Here are the nine steps the Senate would take to “go nuclear” if Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch fails to get the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster organized by Democrats against his confirmation.

1. Reconsider failed vote — If Gorsuch fails to get 60 votes, then Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would request the Senate to reconsider the failed vote, according to USA Today.

This motion, known as a cloture vote, would mean Gorsuch only needs a majority of votes in his favor. The Republican Party holds 52 seats in the Senate opposed to the Democrats’ 48.

2. Point of order —McConnell would then issue a point of order. That would mean Gorsuch needs just 51 Senate votes to be confirmed, according to New York magazine.

3. Ruling of the chair — The GOP senator presiding over the ruling would rule against McConnell’s point of order, though, which would be something McConnell anticipates.

4. Appeal the ruling —McConnell would appeal the ruling made by the presiding senator, which would force another vote, said USA Today.

5. Vote to overrule — To overrule the chair, the GOP would simply need a majority vote to overturn the chair’s ruling.

6. Democratic point of order — This is when Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer would come into play. Schumer would issue a point of order of his own, calling for the initial Senate rules to be followed, which would bring the needed vote number back to 60 for Gorsuch’ confirmation.

7. Ruling of the chair II —Schumer’s request would be short-lived, however, because the presiding officer would be a member of the GOP who would rule against Schumer’s point of order.

8. Vote to overrule II — This would bring up a second vote to overrule the chair’s ruling, and because Republicans have a majority that ruling wouldn’t garner the needed support. In turn, the GOPs new motion would be confirmed, and all that would be left to do is for the Senate to confirm Gorsuch with a majority vote.

9. Re-vote cloture (to end filibuster) — The Senate would then vote in favor of the cloture motion, which would garner the necessary votes and put an end to the Democrats’ filibuster.

However, there would be another 30 hours of debate in the Senate before a confirmation could be officially made.

This comes after the Democrats had control of the Senate during the Obama era and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid got rid of the 60-vote rule needed to confirm cabinet nominees, according to Fox News.

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