Senate Democrats to filibuster Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee
Donald Trump is scheduled to announce his nominee to the Supreme Court tomorrow night and according to this story Senate Democrats are going to try to filibuster his pick no matter who it is. Here is more:
Senate Democrats are going to try to bring down President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick no matter who the president chooses to fill the current vacancy.
With Trump prepared to announce his nominee on Tuesday evening, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) said in an interview on Monday morning that he will filibuster any pick that is not Merrick Garland and that the vast majority of his caucus will oppose Trump’s nomination. That means Trump’s nominee will need 60 votes to be confirmed by the Senate.
“This is a stolen seat. This is the first time a Senate majority has stolen a seat,” Merkley said in an interview. “We will use every lever in our power to stop this.”
This is obviously payback by the Democrats for the Republicans refusing to even give Barack Obama’s choice to replace Antonin Scalia a hearing and to be perfectly honest I do not blame them one bit because if it were me I would likely do the same thing.
There is a major showdown coming here and there is likely to be a stalemate which can only be avoided if the Republicans follow Harry Reid’s lead and end the filibuster of Supreme Court nominees. The only question is, will Mitch McConnell show the same type of courage as did Harry Reid? All indications point to the Majority leader being unwilling to change Senate rules so this could be very interesting to see how it plays out.
An interesting side note is that the man who is favored to get the nomination, Thomas Hardiman, was voted onto the appeals court by a 95-0 margin.Of course all bets are off now…
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