Dem party boss: GOP ‘rigging Senate rules’ for Gorsuch

Dem party boss: GOP ‘rigging Senate rules’ for Gorsuch
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Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez says Republicans are “rigging Senate rules” to put Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court.

GOP senators voted Thursday to trigger the so-called nuclear option, doing away with the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees.

“Republicans stole this seat and despite [President] Trump’s nominee being unable to earn the 60 votes he needed to be confirmed, they’re now rigging Senate rules to unilaterally install him on the Supreme Court,” Perez said in a statement.

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“By doing Trump’s bidding and turning both the Senate and our highest court into a rubber stamp for the president, [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' Pelosi asks Democrats for 'leverage' on impeachment Democrats press FBI, DHS on response to white supremacist violence MORE [(R-Ky.)] and Senate Republicans have trampled on the framers’ vision of checks and balances.”

Senators voted 52-48 along party lines to change the Senate’s rules for advancing Supreme Court nominees like Gorsuch.

Thursday’s change lowered the threshold for moving forward on Supreme Court nominees from 60 votes to a simple majority.

Senators then immediately voted 55-45 to end debate on Gorsuch’s nomination, setting up an expected final vote on his confirmation on Friday.

Democrats successfully blocked Gorsuch’s nomination from gaining 60 votes earlier Thursday, inspiring Republicans to go “nuclear” and overhaul Senate rules.

Democratic Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinTrump awards Medal of Freedom to NBA legend Bob Cousy Overnight Energy: Green groups sue Trump over Endangered Species Act changes | Bureau of Land Management retirees fight plan to relocate agency | Wildfires in Amazon rainforest burn at record rate Bureau of Land Management retirees fight plan to relocate agency out west MORE (W.Va.), Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampPence to push new NAFTA deal in visit to Iowa Al Franken says he 'absolutely' regrets resigning Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand MORE (N.D.) and Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyLobbying world Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand GOP frets over nightmare scenario for Senate primaries MORE (Ind.) ultimately voted alongside Republicans to advance Gorsuch.