‘Nuclear showdown’ looms as Gorsuch nomination advances

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Two weeks after his confirmation hearings began, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch was finally advanced by the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday in an 11-9 vote.

The committee voted fully along party lines, as the 9 Democrats opposed him and all 11 Republicans on the committee supported him.

Now the real battle begins, as Gorsuch faces a fierce showdown in the Senate, where the Democrats have threatened to fillibuster the vote.

After four additional Democratic senators came out on Monday saying they will not support Gorsuch, the Democrats now have 41 votes opposing Gorsuch – enough to throw a roadblock in the path of his confirmation.   Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), Mark Warner (Va.), Patrick Leahy (Vt.) and Chris Coons (Del.) all joined the opposition side Monday.

The Senate vote is expected to take place Thursday, and if the Republicans do not have enough votes, their only option is to “go nuclear” by changing the rules in order to get Gorsuch seated on the Supreme Court.

 

H/T: The Hill

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