10:57, April 06 487 0 abajournal.com

2017-04-06 10:57:06
Seeking to approve Neil Gorsuch, Senate Republicans will likely vote on ‘nuclear option’

Publications are describing the confrontation as one of historic proportions. The New York Times terms the proceedings “an institution-rattling confrontation,” the Washington Post sees “a historic clash” and the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) labels the maneuvers “procedural fireworks.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., opened the proceedings by chastising Democrats for filibustering Gorsuch on “a purely partisan basis,” calling their effort part of “an escalation of the left’s judicial war.”

“This will be the first and last partisan filibuster of a Supreme Court nomination,” McConnell said.

The showdown begins with a Republican bid to invoke cloture and end the Democratic filibuster that is delaying a vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch. Sixty votes would be needed, but there are only 52 Republicans in the Senate.

If Republicans fail to get the 60 votes they need, the next step would be consideration of the rule change, the Wall Street Journal reports. Then a 30-hour countdown begins, and the Senate would vote to confirm Gorsuch on Friday.