Gorsuch Votes May Begin Today
DAY 77 ACTION: Call your Senators and tell them to oppose Judge Gorsuch, and the Nuclear Option!
“The majority team in this chamber decided to steal a Supreme Court seat. Such a theft never, ever has happened in the history of our nation.” – Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
Yesterday we discussed the Senate filibuster, and Senator McConnell’s plans to go “nuclear” if he can’t get 8 Democrats to join the 52 Republicans to end debate on the confirmation of Judge Gorsuch. We mentioned that Senators no longer need to actively debate an issue to delay a vote.
However, many Democrats passionately oppose Judge Gorsuch and are taking to the floor anyway. Tuesday night, Senator Merkley from Oregon spoke for 14 hours straight about why he will not vote to confirm Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Other Democrats took to the floor yesterday.
Voting may begin today. Judge Gorsuch could be confirmed in two votes, if McConnell secures 60 votes to end debate, and then 51 votes to confirm. If he cannot find 60 votes, McConnell could raise a point of order and force a vote on the filibuster rule. The vote on the rule change is not a slam dunk – a few in the GOP could break with leadership, and some fear losing the filibuster as an institution. And, as noted yesterday, it is possible that the rule cannot change.
Today’s Action: Here is how Democratic Senators plan to vote. And these 5 Republicans are most likely to break with their party and oppose the Nuclear Option. Consult these lists and then call your Senators (202-224-3121)!