Tell your Senators they must not change long-standing Senate rules to approve the nominee for Supreme Court. Instead of changing the rules to force confirmation of an unpopular nominee, Republicans should change their nominee.
The Senate Judiciary Committee met Monday April 2 and approved Neil Gorsuch’s nomination out of committee and dispatched it to the floor. Actual debate on Gorsuch begins in the Senate on Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell files a “cloture petition” to end debate on Gorsuch. By rule, cloture petitions require an intervening day before they’re up for a vote. So a vote to end debate on Gorsuch likely comes Thursday. If enough Senators vote against ending debate, McConnell has vowed to change the rules of the Senate in order to push through the SCOTUS nominee, even though there are not enough votes in support of Gorsuch.
McConnell’s rule change (known as the ‘nuclear option’) would lower the bar from 60 senators needed to break a filibuster to 51, and Republicans currently control the chamber with a 52-48 margin. This would change the Senate rules forever, just to confirm a Supreme Court nominee that does not have full support of the Senate.
Senator Mike Enzi:
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Senator John Barrasso:
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