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 McConnellThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions What if 2020 election is disputed? Immigration bills move forward amid political upheaval 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.

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