61922
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Democrats Block Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

Democrats Block Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

Democrats blocked US President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee with a historic filibuster on the Senate floor on Thursday, but their victory was short-lived.
Republicans prepared to strike back with a Senate rules change that would put Judge Neil Gorsuch on the court anyway and eliminate the filibuster for all future Supreme Court candidates, France24 reported.
The vote was 55-45, short of the 60 needed to advance Gorsuch over procedural hurdles to a final vote. All 44 Democrats and independents voted against advancing Gorsuch, and for procedural reasons, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell cast his vote with them to enable the vote to be reconsidered.
McConnell prepared to make procedural maneuvers to lower the vote threshold to advance Gorsuch’s nomination from the current 60 votes to a mere majority in the 100-member Senate.
Under the new rules, which the 52-member Republican majority can ratify despite bitter objections from the Democrats, another vote will be held to allow Gorsuch to move forward to final passage.
He is expected to be confirmed on Friday and take his seat on the court later this month, in time to hear the final cases of the term.
The maneuvering played out with much hand-wringing from all sides about the future of the Senate, as well as unusually bitter accusations and counter-accusations as each side blamed the other for bringing the Senate to this point.

 

Short URL : https://goo.gl/XqGrcE
  1. https://goo.gl/A8xSNr
  • https://goo.gl/wpAHNq
  • https://goo.gl/J359yg
  • https://goo.gl/KQS91j
  • https://goo.gl/AEm75t

You can also read ...

HRW reports that Myanmar’s government and military officials have seized vast swaths of land from farmers.
Human Rights Watch has urged Myanmar’s government to promptly...
Protests Spread, Turn Deadly in Iraq
At least eight people are dead and dozens injured in weeklong...
US President Donald Trump (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16.
"Bizarre", "shameful", "disgraceful", that is the swift and...
US in Denial of Civilian Casualties in Raqqa
The US-led coalition’s flurry of responses rejecting the...
Britain’s May Wins Parliament Vote After Bowing to Brexit Pressure
British Prime Minister Theresa May won a series of votes in...
US Ready for Direct Talks  With Taliban
The United States says it will engage in direct talks with the...

Add new comment

Read our comment policy before posting your viewpoints

Trending

Googleplus