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>> The majority of the Senate wishes now to express itself by providing consent to Judge Gorsuch.>> Majority leader, Mitch McConnell, pushing the nuclear button in the Senate Thursday, changing the rules to ensure Neil Gorsuch will take the open seat on the US Supreme Court. But ushering in a far more partisan era on Capitol Hill.
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McConnell's historic move coming immediately after Senate Democrats joined forces to briefly block Gorsuch on the Senate floor in a show of defiance against President Donald Trump.>> This is the latest escalation in the left's never-ending judicial war, the most audacious yet.>> We offered them alternatives, they refused.
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The consequences for the Senate will be far-reaching.>> Jim Oliphant is on the story.>> So this is pure power politics on Mitch McConnell's part. What he's basically doing is he has to deliver for President Trump. He's gotta deliver for his caucus. And invoking the nuclear option and doing away with judicial filibuster was really the only way he was gonna get this done.
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There was no way that McConnell was going to let this nomination fail. And there was no way the Democrats were gonna go along with it.>> The nuclear option changes the number of votes needed to confirm a Supreme Court nominee from 60 to a simple majority, giving the party in power more power.
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Democrats still inflamed by McConnell's refusal to consider Barack Obama's nominee Merrick Garland after the death of Antonin Scalia, as well as Gorsuch's conservative record as a lower court judge. And they are determined to make a statement repudiating President Donald Trump's nominee.>> The big story here is that President Trump finally has a win on the board.
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This is really the most significant thing that's happened in his young administration and something that the White House has desperately been wanting. The Supreme Court was one reason why a lot of conservatives just sort of swallowed it hard and voted for Trump in the first place last year.
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>> A final confirmation vote on Gorsuch is scheduled for Friday.