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Numerous Senate Democrats have reversed themselves on prior oppositions to filibusters and preventing Supreme Court nominees from getting "up-or-down" votes as they try to block the nomination of Neil Gorsuch. While they once decried the "tyranny of the minority" and the idea that judges could be blocked by the minority party, the Chuck Schumer-led party is changing course to stop President Trump's pick for the high court. Under the threat from Democrats to vote against cloture, Republicans are preparing to invoke the "nuclear option" to give Gorsuch a 51-vote threshold in order to allow his nomination to go before the full Senate, where he is essentially certain to be confirmed by the GOP majority. Democrats led by then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) first invoked the "nuclear option" in 2013, which allowed President Obama to get his executive-branch and lower-court nominations through the chamber with just 51 votes.
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Todd mentioned that Senate Republicans may change Senate rules to confirm Gorsuch with 51 votes rather than the typical 60, a change that has been referred to as the "nuclear option." Democrats have objected angrily to this possible change, but Todd reminded Stabenow that the nuclear option was first used by Senate Democrats in 2013 to confirm President Obama's cabinet nominees with 51 votes. "When Senate Democrats had that choice to make, we said no," Stabenow said. "There should be a 60 vote threshold so there's a bipartisan vote on the U.S. Supreme Court." "But only on the Supreme Court," Todd said. "Didn't we go down the road of a slippery slope here when the decision was made by Harry Reid to say, you know what, we're tired of the obstruction on the lower courts so we're going to get rid of this filibuster.' It was inevitable that this was going to be the reaction of the other side once they got power, which was the warning many people made to Senator Reid, including your former colleague Senator Carl Levin.
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The left isnt going to forget this when it’s primary time. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below. http://www.justicedemocrats.com "Some Senate Democrats announced this week that they would oppose any nominee President Trump should choose for the Supreme Court. Republicans blocked President Obama’s pick from a vote for almost a year, effectively stealing the seat, so these Democrats claimed it was only fair to subject Trump’s future nominee to the same opposition. But Democratsopposition began to crumble on Tuesday, before Trump even announced his pick. First, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said in an interview that his party is wrong to oppose all potential nominees, noting that the person will be conservative and anti-choice, which Democrats will have to accept. “You’ve got to let him put staff together,” he said, adding the stipulation that he would not support a racist or bigoted nominee.
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The conflict is setting up the GOP for another fight. Whether to end the filibuster on the Supreme Court It is looking increasingly likely that Democrats will have the 40 votes needed to block the confirmation vote for Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, with Democratic senators from across the political spectrum . That will force Senate Republicans to either back down, or trigger the so-called nuclear option , which would abolish the filibuster on Supreme Court nominees, and force Gorsuch through. It is a difficult choice for Republicans. Many longtime senators are traditionalists and do not want to change the rules of the Senate. Abolishing the filibuster requires a majority in the Senate, so just two Republicans would need to get cold feet for the effort to fail, and thus sink Gorsuch's confirmation. Still, even moderate Republicans with a longstanding respect for the Senate's rules are adamant that Gorsuch will get confirmed one way or another.
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Sen. Tim Kaine (D., Va.) said during the 2016 campaign that he would use the nuclear option in order to confirm a Democratic nominee in order to get around Republican senators. Kaine spoke with the Huffington Post's Sam Stein and Amanda Terkel in October 2016, and said that if his running mate Hillary Clinton won, they would be willing to use the nuclear option in the Senate to confirm Clinton's nominees. "I was in the Senate when the Republicansstonewalling around appointments caused Senate Democratic majority to switch the vote threshold on appointments from 60 to 51. And we did it on everything but a Supreme Court justice," Kaine said. "If these guys think they’re going to stonewall the filling of that vacancy or other vacancies, then a Democratic Senate majority will say, Were not going to let you thwart the law,'" Kaine continued.
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Sen. Tim Kaine (D., Va.) said during the 2016 campaign that he would use the nuclear option in order to confirm a Democratic nominee in order to get around Republican senators. Kaine spoke with the Huffington Post's Sam Stein and Amanda Terkel in October 2016, and said that if his running mate Hillary Clinton won, they would be willing to use the nuclear option in the Senate to confirm Clinton's nominees. "I was in the Senate when the Republicansstonewalling around appointments caused Senate Democratic majority to switch the vote threshold on appointments from 60 to 51. And we did it on everything but a Supreme Court justice," Kaine said. "If these guys think they’re going to stonewall the filling of that vacancy or other vacancies, then a Democratic Senate majority will say, Were not going to let you thwart the law,'" Kaine continued.
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Schumer does not provide any evidence to support this claim, but used it to shield Democrats from being considered "obstructionists." "So if Judge Gorsuch fails to reach 60 votes, which by the way the American people believe is the appropriate standard' for a Supreme Court nominee. It's not because Democrats are being obstructionists. It's because he failed to convince 60 Senators that he belongs on the Supreme Court," Schumer said. Not only is Schumer incorrect to claim that the American people believe that the 60-vote threshold is the "appropriate standard," but the Washington Post fact check has already given Senate Democrats two Pinocchios for saying that 60 votes is a "standard" for Supreme Court nominees. "Democrats are being slippery with their language. Sixty votes is not a standard' for Supreme Court confirmations, as two of the current justices on the court did not meet that supposed standard," the Post wrote.
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Filibusters are used by opponents of a nominee or legislation, while cloture is filed by supporters. Under current Senate rules, it takes 60 votes to end debate. Democrats repeatedly complained about filibusters by the GOP, when it was in the minority, that thwarted action on legislation and nominations. The Post then shed light on how two current Supreme Court nominees did not have to reach the 60 vote threshold that the Democrats are pushing for. Supreme Court Judges Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas were both confirmed with less than 60 votes. Sanders' spokesman Michael Briggs told the Post that there are only two ways to end debate on the Supreme Court nomination: unanimous consent or voting to invoke cloture, which requires 60 votes. He went on to argue that both of former President Obama's nominees to the high court received over 60 votes.
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Filibusters are used by opponents of a nominee or legislation, while cloture is filed by supporters. Under current Senate rules, it takes 60 votes to end debate. Democrats repeatedly complained about filibusters by the GOP, when it was in the minority, that thwarted action on legislation and nominations. The Post then shed light on how two current Supreme Court nominees did not have to reach the 60 vote threshold that the Democrats are pushing for. Supreme Court Judges Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas were both confirmed with less than 60 votes. Sanders' spokesman Michael Briggs told the Post that there are only two ways to end debate on the Supreme Court nomination: unanimous consent or voting to invoke cloture, which requires 60 votes. He went on to argue that both of former President Obama's nominees to the high court received over 60 votes.
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"We are going to confirm Judge Gorsuch. By whatever means necessary," Sen. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah) told the Weekly Standard. "Whatever it takes to get him on the court, I will do," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) said. Graham expressed his frustrations with his Democratic colleagues over their obstruction, especially after numerous Republican Senators including Graham voted for two of Obama's Supreme Court nominees. Sen. Susan Collins (R., Maine), who is widely viewed as the most liberal Republican senator, has expressed support for Gorsuch and warned her colleagues to not filibuster Gorsuch. She has yet to publicly state whether if she supports the nuclear option if Democrats filibuster. "The Senate should resist the temptation to filibuster a Supreme Court nominee who is unquestionably qualified," said Collins. chumer called Republican's threat to use the nuclear option "utter bunk.
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Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has submitted the names of two ministerial nominees to the Senate, the upper house said on Wednesday, moving to reassert his authority after returning from seven weeks of medical leave. Buhari nominated Stephen Ocheni, of Kogi state and Suleiman Hassan from Gombe state, to fill the vacant labour and environment ministries, said the Senate on its official Twitter account. They were the first major political appointments since the ailing president returned from Britain on March 10 following medical leave for an unspecified illness. Since then, he has worked only a handful of hours each day. Nigerian law makes it mandatory for a minister to be appointed from each of the country's 36 states. The role of minister of environment was left open earlier this year after Amina Mohammed, from Gombe, became the United Nations' deputy secretary-general.
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The left isnt going to forget this when it’s primary time. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below. http://www.justicedemocrats.com "Some Senate Democrats announced this week that they would oppose any nominee President Trump should choose for the Supreme Court. Republicans blocked President Obama’s pick from a vote for almost a year, effectively stealing the seat, so these Democrats claimed it was only fair to subject Trump’s future nominee to the same opposition. But Democratsopposition began to crumble on Tuesday, before Trump even announced his pick. First, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said in an interview that his party is wrong to oppose all potential nominees, noting that the person will be conservative and anti-choice, which Democrats will have to accept. “You’ve got to let him put staff together,” he said, adding the stipulation that he would not support a racist or bigoted nominee.
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Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed to the Supreme Court on April 7, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell guaranteed on Tuesday. “He’ll be on the floor of the Senate next week and confirmed on Friday,” McConnell told reporters. “We are optimistic that [Democrats] will not be successful in keeping this good man from joining the Supreme Court real soon.” The cagey Senate majority leader refused to say that he would do it via the “nuclear option” — a unilateral change in rules to kill the Senate’s 60-vote threshold on Supreme Court nominees. But McConnell also declined to rule out whipping 50 of his 52 members to change the rules if Democrats deny Gorsuch the required 60 votes to end a filibuster. “We’re going to get Judge Gorsuch confirmed,” McConnell said. “It’ll really be up to [Democrats] how the process to confirm Judge Gorsuch moves forward.” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.
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He also said he supported Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's bid to launch the first filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee. He dismissed the notion that Schumer could be responsible for killing the judicial filibuster after he invoked the nuclear option in 2013 to push through several controversial Obama nominees on a majority vote—a move that Schumer now says he regrets . "I dont think Gorsuch will get the requisite votes to [overcome] a filibuster," he said. "They [Senate Democrats] could have gotten rid of the filibuster for Supreme Court nominations, but they didn't." Democrats must defend 18 Senate seats in the 2018 midterm elections, including ten in states that Trump won. Balz asked what Perez will do to accomplish the "daunting task of bringing the Democratic Party back." Perez said that the key to Democratic success is building "strong partnerships with the labor movements, Planned Parenthood, and religious communities" and lamented that Democrats had failed to reach out to rural areas in 2016.
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“It’s both a long shot and strange one.” A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment on the timing. A lawyer for the State of Hawaii, which obtained the broad restraining order, also declined to comment. The fedsapparent decision to slow walk the Hawaii case may have been bolstered earlier this month when five Republican-appointed 9th Circuit judges took the unusual step of publicly signaling that they would have upheld the original order . That wasnt enough to reconsider the initial 9th Circuit panel decision refusing to let Trump proceed with his first order, but the dissenting opinion told federal government lawyers that there was a significant reservoir of support for their position among the appeals court’s judges. Still, Democratic-appointed judges on the court’s active bench outnumber Republican nominees, 18-7, and the court’s senior ranks are split, 10-9, in favor of Democratic appointees.
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To blow up the rules or not? Senate Republicans and Democrats appear to be on collision course over President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court and whether to changes Senate rules to get him confirmed. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has announced that he will vote no on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch and lead a filibuster of the selection. More than a dozen Democrats also have announced their opposition and will try to thwart GOP efforts to press ahead on the choice. Such a step would require 60 votes in the 100-seat Senate, but Republicans only hold a 52-48 majority. The pressure is on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to change the parliamentary rules for Supreme Court nominees, lowering the threshold to a simple majority. Or, as Trump once put it, “go nuclear.” What is the nuclear option? Under that option, nominations could be approved with a simple majority in the 100-member Senate.
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Still, liberals have reason to believe that the tide has turned in their direction, even if a successful filibuster forces McConnell to push a historic change to Senate rules. Several anti-Gorsuch activists question whether McConnell locked down the 51 votes needed to quash the minority’s power to filibuster Supreme Court nominees. And the Democratic base is feeling good about a minority leader whose early moves had some on the left worried he might be too willing to accommodate the White House. “Schumer has stepped up,” one prominent progressive said. “Seeing Trump give up the moment going gets tough stiffened Democratsspines to fight hard for their principles on Gorsuch,” MoveOn.org Washington director Ben Wikler said. “It’s clear that if Democrats are united around popular principles, and fight back hard, they can win.”
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