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Senate Republicans Approve “Nuclear Option” to End Filibuster

Posted Apr 6, 2017

Senate Republicans invoked the “nuclear option” to end a Democratic filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.  The nuclear option involves changing the chamber’s rules so that a nominee like Gorsuch can be confirmed with a simple majority of 51 votes, rather than the 60 votes needed under previous rules.  Links to archived video and live floor proceedings in the Senate are available here.  Now that the Senate has invoked the nuclear option, there is a 30-hour time cap  on further consideration of the Gorsuch nomination and a confirmation vote is expected on Friday, April 7. Read articles in the New York Times and Washington Post.