There Will Not Be A Nuclear Option

I think that every pundit on television is fixated on the Nuclear Option for the confirmation of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.  Even President Trump himself openly encouraged Senator McConnell to use it if he had to.

One statement that I keep hearing is that under the current Senate rules it will take 60 votes.  That is somewhat misleading.  When the Senate opens debate on the confirmation, it takes 60 votes to end the debate.  If one Senator wanted to filibuster, the debate would continue until 60 Senators voted to end the debate and proceed with the vote. Continue reading

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