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>> After careful deliberation, I have concluded that I cannot support Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court.>> The Senate's Democratic Minority Leader, Thursday threatening to filibuster the nomination of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee. Senator Chuck Schumer saying he could not vote to elevate Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia's seat on the bench.
The move complicating the confirmation of Trump's pick, Republicans hold a slim 52 seat majority in the 100 member Senate. Senate rules require at least 60 yes votes to move the confirmation forward. A Democratic filibuster could force Republicans to either withdraw the nominee or change the rules. That move called the nuclear option would let Republicans move Gorsuch's nomination forward with a simple majority vote.
And Schumer may be daring them to do it.>> To my Republican friends who think that if Judge Gorsuch fails to reach 60 votes we ought to change the rules. I say if this nominee can not earn 60 votes, a bar met by each of President Obama's nominees, and George Bush's last two nominees, the answer isn't to change the rules.
It's to change the nominee.>> Democrats are still sore after Republican Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell refused to even grant a hearing to Merrick Garland, President's Barack Obama's nominee for Scalia's seat. If confirmed, Neil Gorsuch would restore conservative majority on the nine seat high court, fulfilling one of Trump's top campaign promises.