Thanks to the actions of the Republicans in the Senate today, Robert Gorsuch will be confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice by no later than 7:00 pm Eastern Time on Friday evening.
In the Senate, it takes 60 votes to invoke cloture, meaning to end the debate and vote on an issue. The thinking being that after a while, enough Senators would have either grown tired of debating an issue, or come to a place where they had all the information they needed to take a vote. When dealing with sane people, it’s a great rule, but not when dealing with the Democrats.
So, after falling 5 votes short of invoking cloture, Mitch McConnell switched to the “nuclear option.” It means simply that, instead of requiring 60 votes to invoke cloture, the Republicans could do it with just a simple majority — which they did with a 52 – 48 vote.
From Breitbart News:
Thursday’s historic move harmonized Senate rules, removing the possibility of minority filibusters of Supreme Court nominees. Given the reluctance, in the past, for either party to filibuster a Supreme Court nominee with majority support, the constitutional option restored, as a practical matter, traditional Senate custom in this area.
A successful cloture vote quickly followed the rule change. The 55-45 vote began a thirty hour countdown to a vote of the full Senate. Judge Gorsuch is, therefore, slated for the final vote on his confirmation no later than seven o’clock Friday evening. All 52 Republicans and three Democrats are expected to vote for his confirmation, allowing him to replace Antonin Scalia as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Let’s be honest… there’s never been a man more qualified for the Supreme Court in than Justice Gorsuch. The only reason things got to this point if because of the childish antics of the Democrats who still can’t get over Hillary losing the election last fall. Mitch McConnell and the Republicans did the right thing here.
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