Democrats block Neil Gorsuch consideration, paving way for Senate rules change
- Democrats successfully blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court from advancing in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, sparking what is expected to be a bitter clash with Republicans over how the chamber confirms high court nominees.
Gorsuch failed to earn the 60 votes needed to end debate on his nomination. In response, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has vowed he will change Senate rules in order to confirm Gorsuch and all future Supreme Court nominees with a simple majority vote.
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But the next 24 hours could be among the most bitter in recent Senate history.
"This will be the first and last partisan filibuster of a Supreme Court nomination," McConnell (R-Ky.) vowed Thursday morning.(Excerpt) Read more at: washingtonpost.com ...
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