Many expected raised voices, shaking fists and sparks to fly on the floor of the Senate as debate began on the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court. The peaceful nature, however could be the real calm before the storm or the calm before the nuclear option is enacted.
The Senate’s standoff on Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch showed no signs of softening Tuesday as lawmakers began the final floor debate, with Republicans and Democrats accusing each other of “unprecedented” tactics in their respective efforts to confirm or block the nominee.
Democrats have enough votes in the GOP-controlled chamber to filibuster President Trump’s high court nominee in a bid to block confirmation.
In turn, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he has the votes to deploy what’s known as the nuclear option — changing voting procedures to override the filibuster and confirm Gorsuch with 51 votes, as opposed to 60.
The Kentucky Republican has vowed to have the 49-year-old Gorsuch confirmed by Friday, and his warning seemed to play down the possibility of Democrats dropping their filibuster threat.