Dems Filibuster Gorsuch, 55-45

Next up: The nuclear option
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 6, 2017 10:45 AM CDT
Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. speaks to reporters just outside the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 5, 2017, after he ended a 15 hour all-night talk-a-thon as the Senate heads...   (J. Scott Applewhite)
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(Newser) – Senate Democrats have successfully, if temporarily, blocked President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, reports the AP. The Senate voted 55-45 Thursday to filibuster the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch. Republicans, however, are planning to unilaterally change Senate rules to remove a 60-vote filibuster requirement for Gorsuch and all future Supreme Court nominees, reducing it to a simple majority in the 100-member Senate. Democrats opposing Gorsuch say they believe he would favor corporations over workers and would be on the far right of the court. If confirmed, Gorsuch will fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016, 14 months ago. (Read more filibuster stories.)

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