Democrats Have Enough Votes to Block Gorsuch Confirmation

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is threatening to filibuster if necessary to block the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch. He also says they have enough votes to block the nomination and that they do not fear the so-called nuclear option being threatened by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Senate Democrats secured enough votes to filibuster the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, increasing the likelihood that Republicans will change the rules of the U.S. Senate to ensure his confirmation later this week.

Democratic opposition to Gorsuch has been building for days, and four more senators announced on Monday that they would vote against him and support a filibuster of his nomination. That gave Democrats the requisite 41 votes to put up a roadblock and compel President Trump and Senate Republicans to either withdraw Gorsuch’s nomination or change Senate procedure.

With Trump and Republicans vowing that Gorsuch will be confirmed despite any filibuster, a change in how the Senate does business — the so-called nuclear option — is expected by Friday.

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