Cruz: GOP could gut filibuster for Trump court pick

Cruz: GOP could gut filibuster for Trump court pick
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz, Cornyn to attend Biden inauguration For platform regulation Congress should use a European cheat sheet Former GOP congressman says he's leaving party: 'This has become a cult' MORE (R-Texas) is threatening that Republicans could move to change Senate rules if Democrats attempt to block President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Politico reports.

"The Democrats are not going to succeed in filibustering the Supreme Court nominee," Cruz told Politico in an interview. "All procedural options are on the table. The bottom line is we will confirm a strong conservative to replace Justice [Antonin] Scalia."

Senate Republicans must secure 60 votes to prevent a filibuster, but the party could potentially lower that threshold if Democrats try to filibuster the nominee.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPelosi mum on when House will send impeachment article to Senate Democratic senator: COVID-19 relief is priority over impeachment trial The Hill's Morning Report - Biden asks Congress to expand largest relief response in U.S. history MORE (R-Ky.) has not expressed interest in a rules change.

But some Senate Democrats have vowed to do everything in their power to block Trump’s pick to fill Scalia’s still-vacant seat, after Republicans refused to even hold a hearing for former President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland.

“This is a stolen seat,” Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleyBiden and the new Congress must protect Americans from utility shutoffs Flags, signs and other items left behind in Capitol riot to be preserved as historical artifacts Laptop stolen from Pelosi's office during Capitol riots MORE (D-Ore.) told Politico on Monday. “This is the first time a Senate majority has stolen a seat. We will use every lever in our power to stop this. ... I will definitely object to a simple majority.”

Trump is set to announce his Supreme Court pick Tuesday and has long claimed he will appoint a conservative justice.