Despite the leader of their party being included in an ongoing FBI investigation, the Republican-controlled Senate is chomping at the bit to confirm his nominee, Neil Gorsuch, to the Supreme Court, “marking the conclusion of a nasty year-plus fight that could permanently damage the chamber,” according to The New York Daily News.
“Democrats are guaranteeing a filibuster. Republicans are promising to retaliate by invoking the so-called nuclear option and change long-standing rules requiring a 60-vote threshold to end the filibuster. That would allow Gorsuch to be confirmed with 51 votes, a simple majority.”
“Most Democrats have come out against Gorsuch, warning he’s a hardcore conservative whose views are well outside the mainstream. Many are still furious over Republicans’ refusal to even hold hearings for Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee for the role.”
“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) held the seat open for more than a year after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, and Democrats feel he’s about to steal a lifetime appointment for conservatives.”