US Senate goes “nuclear” to advance Gorsuch confirmation

Source: The Hill

“The Senate voted Thursday to move forward with Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination after Republicans took a historic step that lowers the vote threshold for high court nominees to a simple majority. Senators voted 55-45 to end debate on Gorsuch’s nomination, setting up a final confirmation vote for Friday. Thanks to a procedural move that changed Senate rules earlier Thursday, a simple majority was needed to move forward. Democrats had successfully blocked Gorsuch’s nomination from getting 60 votes earlier, prompting Republicans to employ the ‘nuclear option,’ which effectively ends filibusters [sic] for all Supreme Court nominees.” [editor’s note: Not achieving cloture is not a “filibuster.” A filibuster consists of dragging out debate with lengthy speeches, etc. – TLK] (04/06/17)