Senators voted on Thursday to trigger a so-called “nuclear option” that allowed Republicans to make a final vote on Friday that will confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to the Gateway Pundit.
The vote allows the final debate on Gorsuch’s nomination to proceed on Friday, where the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals judge is expected to easily hurdle because the Senate changed its rule that allows his confirmation by a simple-majority 51 votes instead of 60. Republicans hold a majority in the Senate.
Clearly pleased with their victory, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the GOP will not allow the Democrats’ unprecedented filibuster of a Supreme Court nomination to take hold.
Only four Democrats — Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Michael Bennet of Colorado — crossed party lines to vote with Republicans against the filibuster.