As the Democrats hold the line and plan to filibuster the Senate vote on Neil Gorsuch‘s nomination to the Supreme Court, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that the Republicans are prepared to invoke the so-called “nuclear option” — which would eliminate the filibuster and require only a majority to confirm Gorsuch.
Asked during a Tuesday news conference if he had the votes for the nuclear option, McConnell said simply: “Yes.”
McConnell drew a distinction between executive filibusters and legislative filibusters, saying that his membership does not wish to eliminate the latter.
“There’s not a single senator in the majority who thinks we ought to change the legislative filibuster,” McConnell said. “Not one. The difference between that and the executive branch is the legislative filibuster has been there a long time. Everybody’s been up or down. We all understand that what makes the Senate the Senate. The executive calendar is not what made the Senate the Senate. It was always dealt with on an up or down vote until 2000.”
Asked by a reporter about Senator John McCain‘s comments that anyone who thinks the nuclear option is a good move is either “stupid or an idiot,” McConnell demurred.
“I don’t think I have any comment on that,” McConnell said.
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