On Sunday morning, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told “Fox News Sunday” that Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is prepared to be confirmed later this week.
Nonetheless, McConnell is aware that a Democratic filibuster of Gorsuch remains a possibility.
“We’re going to get Judge Gorsuch confirmed this week,” McConnell said.
Chosen to replace the late, conservative justice Antonin Scalia, Gorsuch is all but guaranteed to secure the necessary GOP votes in the Senate Judiciary Committee, though his confirmation hinges on the unknown number of Democratic votes he may or may not receive.
In addition to the 52 GOP senators on the floor, Gorsuch will need eight votes from Democrats for a 60-vote majority in a straight floor vote.
McConnell commented on potential scenarios, saying he has the “nuclear option” in his back pocket. Such a strategy would dismiss a Democratic filibuster by implementing a simplified 51-vote majority in the Senate.
The Kentucky senator said that Gorsuch “deserves to be confirmed” and “will ultimately be confirmed,” but admitted he is unsure if the Denver-based judge will accrue the necessary Democratic votes.
McConnell also stated the “nuclear option” may only become available depending on the votes of the Senate minority.
“We’ll know through the course of the week,” McConnell said. “It’s in the hands of Democrats.”
H/T: Fox News
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