SENATE NUKED: Poised for Historic Clash Over SCOTUS Nominee Gorsuch

by Ashley Killough & Ted Barrett | CNN.com  |  published on April 6, 2017

nuclearBREAKING: The Senate has voted to invoke the so-called “nuclear option,” paving the way for Republicans to break a Democratic filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

The controversial move will change Senate rules, allowing filibusters of Supreme Court picks to be broken with only 51 votes rather than 60.

Republicans control the Senate, 52-48, and will now vote to break the Democratic filibuster with the new 51-vote threshold.

The Senate is expected to vote to confirm Gorsuch Friday.

Triggering the nuclear option came after Senate Democrats Thursday morning blocked the nomination of Gorsuch under the previous 60-vote threshold.

  • Roy Fredrichsen

    The Democrats changed a 158 year old Senate rule to assure their candidates victory, and voted in O’Bama Care without ANY Republican vote either way. Now they are crying UNFAIR when the rule is returned as prescribed in the Constitution. Looks like their “chicken came back home to roost” as the old saying goes. They are lucky to get to vote on anything now.

  • Walter Flatt

    MAJORITY SHOULD ALWAYS WIN IN ALL CASES, THIS WOULD KEEP THIS GOVERNMENT FROM BECOMING DEADLOCKED AS IT HAS BEEN IN THE LAST 50 YEARS. WE NEED A 6 YEAR TERM LIMIT ON ALL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES FROM THE SUPREME COURT TO THE PRESIDENT. WE DO NOT NEED LIFFERS TODAY AND THEY SHOULD HAVE TO STAY AND WORK IN WASHINGTON FOR THIS 6 YEAR PERIOD.

  • David Wheelock

    so what trump is not a politician

  • McFerguson

    Frankly, I didn’t think the GOP had the stones to do it. After all, they caved on everything else since 2010 and couldn’t even put a healthcare plan together this year to repeal and replace ObamaCare since Obozo fleeced them in 2010 with his disastrous plan to grab 16 percent of the economy and call it the Affordable Care Act. But their collective spines stiffened this time and they nuked the loony dem’s filibuster. It’s a great opportunity going forward to change the liberal culture of the SCOTUS.

    • Roy Fredrichsen

      As it turns out the “Affordable Care Act” is more expensive than any other health plan and those that are on it couldn’t afford it if it wasn’t for “Government” assistance WE are paying for collectively.

      • McFerguson

        Bingo! Nice take and I couldn’t agree more…

  • geraldcuvillier

    I would not be surprised if McCain or the spineless Graham voted against Gorsuch.

  • William Merrell

    It is wonderful to see that a good man will be taking the place of a good man on the court. Now, if we can cleanse the court for these brain dead liberals who have violated their oath by trying to change the Constitution rather than protect it we maybe able to save this country after all.

    • McFerguson

      Perfectly stated, William, and I couldn’t agree more…

  • taxpayer22

    Gorsuch’s 2006 appointment to the 10th District was approved by a unanimous Senate vote.

    American Bar Association Unanimously Awards Neil Gorsuch Highest Possible Rating.

  • NM Leon

    They did not change the Senate rules, that would take 67 votes. They changed precedent.

  • NM Leon

    No, the “nuclear option” eliminates the possibility of a filibuster (which takes 60 votes to overcome). Thomas’ confirmation vote was never filibustered. Judges have always been confirmed by a simple majority.

    • McFerguson

      You’re right, NM Leon…

  • Steve

    Stephen Cooper The republicans should go nuclear with everything now , it should be obvious to any real American with any brains that the democraps are not for the people , they are for their own corrupt pockets & power.

    • Roy Fredrichsen

      I’m still wondering how O’Bama doubled the “Public Debt” and where did all that money go, in their “secret bank accounts”? It surely wasn’t used to re-build anything in the U.S.A. was it?

  • Rick D.

    I’d love to be a fly on the wall at Harry Reid’s house. I bet he is biting nails and rueing the day he invoked the “nuclear option”. As the saying goes:” Payback is a B****!!!” LMAO!

    • the whistler

      I’d love to be the fly that kicked the s#!t out of Harry when he supposedly had his accident in the gym!! Now that’s a fly!!

  • PBHayes

    Good news now keep it going when several other left wing activist justices die or retire.

  • grin-n-barrett

    Guess the democrats are unhappy they changed the rules now!!! Karma strikes again and I am loving it.

    • Mike Thomas

      Here is a video that shows ole Chucky in 2013 and what he said then compared to what he is saying now.

      https://www.teaparty.org/watch-years-hiding-video-chuck-schumer-end-career-227536/

      • the whistler

        Chucky’ playing the part of the weeping, quasi-efeminate , limp wristed Radical Muslim sympathizer protesting Trumps version of the Obutthole muslim ban ( which two face Chucky supported wholeheartedly) should win him the whining Democrat of the year award!! Words cannot describe the contempt I have for that lying schmuck!!
        Didn’t mean to get off topic…but you demonstrated his deceit flawlessly in your Post…I was just venting.

        • McFerguson

          Nice vent, whistler…

    • Retired

      This is past due ,and should have been stopped sooner to get the government rolling on the new track and out with the old .

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