All-night Democrat talk-a-thon opposes Supreme Court pick

"It should be unsettling to everyone that our colleagues across the aisle have brought the Senate to this new low", Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., complained as he announced plans to shut off debate on Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination and move to a final vote. The additions give Democrats the 41 votes needed for a filibuster to demand Gorsuch receive the 60 votes required by Senate rules. McConnell has said he has the votes to kill the Supreme Court filibuster, which he can do with a simple majority, and the 52 Senate Republicans, including McCain, seem likely to hang together on the vote.

This would address the grievance that Obama pick Merrick Garland was denied a hearing, and could prevent the problem in the future, protecting nominees from both parties.

Though they have little recourse, Democrats planned to spend the rest of the week arguing against Gorsuch on the Senate floor.

But standing in the way are the Democrats, and to get around them, the Republicans will have to use the "nuclear option". Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. confer on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, April 3, 2017, as the panel met to advance the nomination of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

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Changing the rules as McConnell is expected to do has been dubbed the nuclear option, and even some Republican senators do not like the idea. Sen.

Still, at least some Democrats are sort of pretending that Gorsuch is such a special case that he is worth maximum opposition.

Democrats, meanwhile, push back by saying Republicans launched the ultimate filibuster past year by blocking President Barack Obama's pick of Merrick Garland from getting a hearing or committee vote, keeping the seat vacant until a new president was sworn in.

"Dark money is completely corrupting the institutions of America, it's dark money backing Gorsuch", Merkley said. Currently, Gorsuch needs 60 votes to be confirmed to the Supreme Court. "He is too extreme for most of the Democrats, which is why we've said we think President Trump should come up with another selection". "The way in which that occurs is in the hands of the Democratic minority".

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Merkley also decried the tactics senate Republicans used to block President Barack Obama from filling the seat vacated when former Justice Antonin Scalia died suddenly past year. This time, they are prepared to use the first-ever partisan filibuster for a Supreme Court nominee.

But McConnell said there is no appetite for that and that it will not happen under his leadership.

Senate Democrats elevated their attacks against President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Wednesday, portraying him as an ally of the powerful and an enemy of the weak as an explosive showdown loomed on the Senate floor.

"I worked very hard over the weekend, as did several Democrats and several Republicans, but we were not able to reach an agreement", Collins added, estimating that about 10 lawmakers were involved.

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As such, this is nothing but partisan politics to the fullest, and if the Republicans can not garner the required 60 votes to end debate and send the nomination to the floor for a vote, we expect they will change the rules and confirm Judge Gorsuch on a straight party-line vote.

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