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>> And I will ultimately vote against Judge Gorsuch's nomination today.>> Democrats Monday securing enough support in the US Senate to break with longstanding tradition, and for the first time ever attempt to filibuster a Supreme Court nominee. And that could trigger a dramatic rewriting of Senate rules, dubbed the nuclear option.
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>> We're headied to a world where you don't need one person from the other side to pick a judge. And what does that mean? That means the judges are going to be more ideological, not less.>> A Democratic filibuster would require a 60 vote majority in the 100 member Senate to appoint a justice, and Republicans have just 52 seats in the chamber.
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GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has said that in that case, he plans to change the rules, allowing a simple majority vote to affirm US President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. Lawrence Hurley covers the Supreme Court for Reuters.>> And the thing with the Democrats is they basically don't have a winning hand here, because whatever happens, Gorsuch is gonna get confirmed.
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The issue is how difficult they make it for the Republicans, how much they can put off Trump having a big win, probably his real first significant win since he became president, to get his own Supreme Court justice on the court.>> The drama expected to unfold this week after a contentious Senate Judiciary Committee Monday voted along party lines to advance Gorsuch's nomination.
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>> This nominee that we're voting on today is a judge's judge. He's a picture of the kind of justice we should have on the Supreme Court.>> Unfortunately, based on Judge Gorsuch's record at the Department of Justice, his tenure on the bench, his appearance before the Senate, and his written questions for the record, I cannot support this nomination.
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>> Prior court nominees received enough support from both parties to win more than 60 votes in the senate, making a filibuster moot, or they faced a minority party unwilling to invoke it. Democrats claim the big break in Senate tradition was last year, led by Republicans who refused to even hold a hearing for President Barack Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland.
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If Mitch McConnell invokes the nuclear option, Trump's nominee could be confirmed by the narrowest majority for a Supreme Court justice since Clarence Thomas, who squeaked past with just 52 votes in 1991 after Democrats declined to filibuster.