Chuck Schumer says that the Democrats have locked in enough votes to filibuster and block Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch. Mitch McConnell has vowed that Gorsuch will be confirmed this week to the bench. If needed, the Republicans will use the Nuclear Option on Gorsuch and on the next nominee and the Democrats have only themselves to blame. Schumer vowed along with other Democrats toblock Gorsuch no matter what.
Schumer has been demanding that Gorsuch be replaced with a moderate choice that the Democrats would like, but that will never happen. Nobody wants to use the Nuclear Option, but there is no choice left for Republicans. The Democrats have blocked the Trump administration at every turn.
From the Huffington Post:
WASHINGTON ― Democrats have locked in the votes to block Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, meaning Republicans will have to take the extreme step of blowing up Senate rules to confirm him.
Democratic lawmakers have been vowing for weeks to deny a vote to President Donald Trump’s court pick, and have been inching closer to the 41 members they need to filibuster him. They hit the magic number on Monday when Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) announced he will join the blockade.
“I will be voting against cloture,” Coons said, using technical terms to mean he will join the Democratic filibuster, “unless we are able, as a body, to finally sit down and find a way to … ensure the process to fill the next vacancy on the court is not a narrowly partisan process.”
The news means Republicans have a choice: cave to Democrats’ demands that Trump put forward a different nominee (highly unlikely) or unilaterally change the rules so they can confirm Gorsuch without Democrats (likely). It currently takes 60 votes to advance a Supreme Court nominee. Republicans appear ready to use a procedural maneuver to lower that threshold to 51 votes.
If Republicans do this, it could completely do away with the filibuster in the Senate. “It makes me very sad,” Sen. John MCain said last week.
Democrats are under a large amount of pressure from their base to stop Gorsuch. Republicans are furious over Dems forcing them into this situation. This will create an even worse split in the Senate.
H/T: Right Wing News