Friday, February 3, 2017

Trump to McConnell on Gorsuch: Go Nuclear if Needed

Trump to McConnell on Gorsuch

 President Donald Trump announcing Gorsuch as his Supreme court pick

President Donald Trump gave some advice for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell concerning his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.  If Gorsuch doesn't receive 60 votes due to a Democratic filibuster, then go nuclear or do whatever you have to so Gorsuch can be confirmed.  Now what is the nuclear option?  The nuclear option is for the Senate to change the rules on the number of Senators that's required to confirm a nominee.  Instead of a supermajority which is 60 votes, then change the rules to allow for only a simple majority to confirm a candidate.  When the Senate voted to confirm Gorsuch on a voice vote in 2006 for the 10 Circuit Court of Appeals, Gorsuch was confirmed by a unanimous voice vote.  Even Senate Democrats voted for him then such as Clinton and Schumer, for example.  But this time, the Democrats will do everything within their power to stall and stop Gorsuch's confirmation to the Supreme Court.  Will McConnell do what he needs to if that requires resorting to the nuclear option?  I don't know because I can't trust McConnell but I hope he'll do the right thing in this situation.

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