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 CruzO'Rourke says he raised record .2M since launching campaign for Texas governor Golden State Warriors owner says 'nobody cares' about Uyghurs All hostages free, safe after hours-long standoff at Texas synagogue: governor 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 McConnellNAACP president presses senators on voting rights: 'You will decide who defines America' Sununu says he skipped Senate bid to avoid being 'roadblock' to Biden for two years 'All or nothing' won't bolster American democracy: Reform the filibuster and Electoral Count Act 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 MerkleySinema scuttles hopes for filibuster reform Lawmakers seek 'assurances' Olympic uniforms not linked to forced labor Watch Live: Schumer, Senate Democrats hold press conference 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.