Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell just destroyed the Democrats dream of a filibuster in the Judge Neil Gorsuch vote.
He filed a cloture, a process where debate is ended and a vote has to be taken.
— Leader McConnell (@SenateMajLdr) April 4, 2017
Chuck Schumer, we have two words for you — YOU LOSE.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has told Fox News’ “The First 100 Days” that the GOP’s use of the so-called “nuclear option” to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch is their response to the Democrats’ “breaking the rules of the Senate” in 2013.
“For 230 years, up or down, simple majority [required] for Supreme Court, Cabinet, everything until [Senate Minority Leader Chuck] Schumer invented this, so it’s a fairly recent thing to filibuster executive branch appointments,” McConnell told host Martha MacCallum Tuesday. “All we’ll do faced with this filibuster is even that up so the Supreme Court confirmation process is dealt with just like it was throughout the history of the country.”
Earlier Tuesday, McConnell filed for cloture to end debate on the Gorsuch nomination. He is expected Thursday to enact a rules change eliminating the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees and lowering the vote threshold for confirmation from 60 to 51.
McConnell also told host Dana Perino that Senate Democrats appear to be “pretty locked in” on their promise to filibuster Gorsuch. Their rhetoric seems to be “resist everything”.
“I think they’re responding to their base, which says ‘Resist everything.’ It’s particularly ridiculous to watch it on Gorsuch because there are no good arguments to vote against Gorsuch. None whatsoever.”
We are excited that the vote will be happening and that Republicans aren’t letting themselves be pushed around anymore.