Apr 3, 2017

Graham: Republicans will go nuclear for Gorsuch

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

As the Senate Judiciary Committee holds a vote on Neil Gorsuch, Lindsay Graham said Republicans are going to change the Senate's rules if Democrats filibuster to try and block him from taking the bench.

The Senate's traditions are going to change over this man. This says more about the Senate than it does Judge Gorsuch.

Going nuclear: This would change the rules to allow a simple majority to approve the nomination at 51 votes instead of the traditional 60-vote threshold, which would put Gorsuch in the clear for approval. He will face a full Senate vote later this week if Chairman Chuck Grassley is right in saying "there isn't a whole lot of mystery" about how the committee's vote is going to go today.

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