Senate votes to end filibusters of Supreme Court nominees after McConnell pulls the trigger on the ‘nuclear option’ to put Gorsuch on the Supreme Court

Thursday, April 6, 2017
By Paul Martin

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell undertook a brash parliamentary move to end filibusters of Supreme Court nominees on Thursday
The Senate voted Thursday morning not to cut off debate on Judge Neil Gorsuch, 55 to 45, as a Democratic filibuster continued
McConnell then moved to made a parliamentary move that set in motion a change in how the Senate operates
The Senate then voted on party lines, 52 to 48, to overrule the chair and effectively end filibusters for Supreme Court nominees
‘The decision of the chair does not stand, is the judgement of the Senate’
The Senate is considering Neil Gorsuch to fill the seat of Justice Antonin Scalia
Final vote to confirm Gorsuch is expected Friday

By Geoff Earle, Deputy U.S. Political Editor
DailyMail.com
6 April 2017

The Senate voted to jam through a procedural change that ends filibusters of Supreme Court nominees – insuring that judge Neil Gorsuch will get on the Supreme Court, but throwing the Senate into unknown partisan conflict in the future.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell finally pulled the trigger on the ‘nuclear option’ as he deployed a brash and risky parliamentary move to break a Democratic filibuster and install Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court.

McConnell made the move Thursday morning by raising a procedural point of order about the rules of Senate, after the Senate failed on a 55-45 vote to cut off debate on the nomination of Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee to serve on the Supreme Court.

The chair ruled against him, since under current rules, the majority can overcome a filibuster only with 60 votes.

Not any more. After a vote on whether to sustain a ruling by the chair, a 52-vote Republican majority voted to overrule the chair.
‘The decision of the chair does not stand, is the judgement of the Senate,’ said Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah.

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