Merkley ends his all-night speech against Gorsuch after 15-and-a-half hours

April 5, 2017

Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley ended his marathon speech on the Senate floor protesting the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court after 15-and-a-half hours Wednesday.

The Oregon senator took the floor of the Senate at 6:46 p.m. on Tuesday and spoke throughout the night against Gorsuch and, as is typical during filibusters, many other issues.

Despite Merkley’s speech, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had already filed a motion to end debate on Gorsuch’s appointment earlier on Tuesday. A vote on whether to end debate on Gorsuch’s appointment is expected to take place on Thursday.

Democrats are trying to block Gorsuch’s appointment as more than 40 have announced their intention to vote against ending debate on Gorsuch’s nomination. McConnell has said he has the votes to use the so-called “nuclear option,” which would change the Senate rules to require only a simple majority to end debate on the nomination.

  • spaceweasel

    wow! He must be tired. :)))

  • GreatDayNow

    It’s just amazing our government has come to this. No one in Congress should be allowed to speak for that long in protest of anything! It’s childish in a way. And the worst part is they’ll never work together. It’s time for Republicans to put their big boy pants on and get some things done!!

  • champion2211

    The Democrats love to shoot their mouths off as they think by doing that it will make a difference. Sorry loud mouth, you loose again.

    • Retired

      Worst part is no one was there to listen to him .

      • Rodney Steward

        I know, and I bet he was telling some good old nasty jokes, it’s their style, being vile!

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  • Webb

    Merkley lost all that sleep for Nothing…overnight!
    Knowing that The Nuclear Option will be used to put Gorsuch on The Supreme Court!!
    Rules Change Coming…Returning The Favor of Mad Harry!


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