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McConnell says he has the votes to scrap Supreme Court filibuster in Gorsuch standoff

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday afternoon that he was confident he had the votes to change the body’s rules if Democrats go through with their threat to filibuster President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. McConnell downplayed the significance of that change, even as other members of his caucus have said it would damage the Senate and lead to a more ideological, partisan Supreme Court. “The practical effect of all of this would be to take us back to where we were before Sen. Schumer convinced Democrats to routinely filibuster judges,” McConnell said, referring to Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

McConnell says he has the votes to scrap Supreme Court filibuster in Gorsuch standoffSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday afternoon that he was confident he had the votes to change the body’s rules if Democrats go through with their threat to filibuster President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. McConnell downplayed the significance of that change, even as other members of his caucus have said it would damage the Senate and lead to a more ideological, partisan Supreme Court. “The practical effect of all of this would be to take us back to where we were before Sen. Schumer convinced Democrats to routinely filibuster judges,” McConnell said, referring to Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.


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McConnell says he has the votes to scrap Supreme Court filibuster in Gorsuch standoff