The standoff over President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, deepened Tuesday with a “vicious take-down” on the Senate floor by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), threats from the top Senate Republican, and salvos from people-powered campaigns around the country.
Gorsuch, who was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee along party lines on Monday, faces a Democratic filibuster.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that Democrats were “hurtling toward the abyss” and that a vote on the so-called “nuclear option”—which would rewrite chamber rules to eliminate the 60-vote threshold for Supreme Court nominees and allow the reigning party to confirm Gorsuch with a simple majority, or 51 votes—would take place Thursday. McConnell and other GOP leaders have vowed Gorsuch will be confirmed Friday, before the Senate goes on a two-week recess.
But opponents, like Sanders, aren’t backing down. On the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon, the Vermont senator outlined his reasons for voting against Gorsuch, including his record on big money in politics and his apparently callous regard for workers’ rights.
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