Senate Procedures Offer No Hope for Dems on Supreme Court Nominee

Most certainly, there is no possible way to engineer a threshold requirement of a 60-vote confirmation. Senator McConnell eliminated the supermajority filibuster with respect to Supreme Court nominees in 2017 to ease Justice Neil Gorsuch’s ascendance to the bench, and the Senate Democrats ended the practice for lower court nominees in 2013 after unprecedented obstruction by Republicans had prevented confirmation of a record number of Obama’s judicial appointments. This means that McConnell needs only 50 votes and of course he has 53 Republicans in his caucus, with Vice President Pence very ready to break a tie should three GOP senators break ranks.

Senate Procedures Offer No Hope for Dems on Supreme Court Nominee

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