McConnell: We Have The Votes To Change Filibuster On SCOTUS Nominees
WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed with reporters Tuesday he is confident that he has the votes in his conference to change the precedent on the filibuster of Supreme Court nominees.
Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch does not have 60 members in the upper chamber willing to vote to end debate of his nomination and give the judge a final up or down vote.
“It appears as if cloture will not be invoked but we will find out Thursday, but either way we will be moving towards confirming Judge Gorsuch Friday,” McConnell said.
McConnell assured that legislative filibusters would remain intact and not a “single member” wants to see the legislative filibuster go away.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley pointed out that Democrats on his committee said the hearings were fair and they followed the same timeline as the hearings held for Obama Supreme Court appointments Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
“[Democrats] are searching real hard to find a reason to vote no and its very difficult based on the outstanding qualities of this jurist and they’re filibustering,” Grassley said.
He added, “That’s what they say they’re going to do and in the final analysis this will be the first partisan filibuster and since you can’t have one rule for Democrat presidents and another rule for Republican presidents, this judge will be on the Supreme Court Friday night.”