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 CruzTrump, Democrats risk unintended consequences with impeachment arguments Impeachment trial to enter new phase with Trump defense Jordan says he thinks trial will be over by next week 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.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFormer senior Senate GOP aide says Republicans should call witnesses Democrats step up pressure over witnesses after Bolton bombshell Bolton book alleges Trump tied Ukraine aid freeze to Biden investigations: NYT 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 MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleySenate Dems to Pompeo: Comments about NPR reporter 'insulting and contemptuous' Environmentalists, Oregon senators oppose DOT increasing transport of natural gas by rail Senate Democrat says he is concerned intelligence community is 'bending' Soleimani presentations 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.