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GOP Begins 'Nuclear' Rule Move to Confirm Gorsuch

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Thursday, 06 Apr 2017 12:30 PM

Senate Republicans set in motion a "nuclear option" rule change Thursday that would allow confirmation of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee over Democratic opposition and likely deepen partisan divisions in Congress.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he has the votes to end the minority party’s veto power and allow Neil Gorsuch to be confirmed Friday. He started the rule-change process after a 55-45 vote, with all but four Democrats voting no, fell short of the 60 needed to advance Gorsuch’s nomination.

The "nuclear option" allows Republicans to revise Senate rules with a simple majority vote, rather than the 67 typically required. McConnell has said he had no choice but to change Senate rules for Gorsuch and future high court picks because Democrats were ignoring a tradition of allowing nominees to proceed to simple-majority confirmation without a filibuster.

Members of both parties have warned that a unilateral rule change by Republicans will discourage bipartisanship in government and let presidents put more ideologically extreme justices on the court.

Gorsuch, 49, has a decade of federal appeals court experience and unanimous support among Senate Republicans who say he will be a strong addition to the court for decades to come.

Democratic critics say putting him on the court will produce more decisions favoring corporations over working-class Americans. Many remain embittered about the GOP’s refusal last year to consider President Barack Obama’s choice of Judge Merrick Garland for the vacancy created by the February 2016 death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Four Democrats voted with the GOP to advance the nomination -- Michael Bennet of Colorado, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of Indiana.

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