Thursday, April 6, 2017

Senate uses the #nuclearoption to break filibuster and push through #Gorsuch

The Republican led Senate is using the so-called "nuclear option" to thwart the Democrat's filibuster of Trump Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch. This involved amending Senate rules, which require a 60 vote majority to invoke "cloture," which would halt a filibuster and allow for a vote. Now the filibuster will end, and Gorsuch can be confirmed with a bare majority of 51 votes or, in a 50-50 tie, the Vice President would break the tie. 

Democrats used a similar tactic while George W. Bush was president, and the Republicans used the filibuster to block lower court judicial nominees. 

When Gorsuch is confirmed, the Republicans will control all three branches of government. 

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