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National Review to GOP: Be Ready to Use Nuke Option on Gorsuch

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By    |   Wednesday, 29 Mar 2017 12:14 PM

Democrat lawmakers have invented "spurious justifications" to oppose Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court and Republicans must be ready to exercise their nuclear option to end a potential filibuster, the National Review says.

"Judge Neil Gorsuch is a mainstream conservative judge who has earned the respect of liberals in the legal world, and this fact has caused no end of frustration to Democrats who are resolved to block a vote on his nomination," the editorial board of the conservative publication wrote on Wednesday.

"They say that Judge Gorsuch is simultaneously too deferential to President Trump (because he has failed to denounce the man who nominated him) and not deferential enough (because he has said that executive-branch agencies have too much leeway to apply their own interpretations of the law).

"And they have complained, oh have they complained, about the Republicans' refusal to allow President Obama's nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, to sit on the Supreme Court."

The editorial board notes the Constitution gave Republicans the right not to schedule hearings for Garland, just as it gives Democrats the right to complain about it and filibuster Gorsuch's nomination in response.

It adds the Constitution also gives Senate Republicans the power to end filibusters of Supreme Court nominees.

"Gorsuch is a good enough nominee, and the cause of getting judges committed to the rule of law is sufficiently important, that Republicans should exercise that power should it prove necessary," the Review's editorial board says.

Filibusters are prolonged, hours-long speeches delivered by lawmakers in a bid to disrupt legislative votes.

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Democrat lawmakers have invented "spurious justifications" to oppose Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court and Republicans must be ready to exercise their nuclear option to end a potential filibuster, the National Review says.
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