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Senate Republicans Reject Trump's Call To End The Filibuster Rule

Senate Republicans Reject Trump's Call To End The Filibuster RuleWASHINGTON ― Senate Republicans, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, rejected President Donald Trump’s call to get rid of the filibuster to let the GOP to pass legislation without any help from Democrats.



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Feeling The Heat In Alabama's Senate Race, Luther Strange Calls For Filibuster Change

Feeling The Heat In Alabama's Senate Race, Luther Strange Calls For Filibuster ChangeWASHINGTON ― Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) is calling on the Senate to lower its threshold for ending a filibuster from 60 votes to 51 votes ― a simple majority ― in order for the GOP to more easily advance President Donald Trump’s legislative agenda.



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Senators lament killing the filibuster but do it anyway

Senators lament killing the filibuster but do it anywayWhen it came time Thursday morning for Democratic senators to force the hand of their Republican colleagues, compelling them to employ the “nuclear option” to blow up the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees, Sen. Chris Coons looked physically ill. As the senator from Delaware’s name was called during a vote to end debate on Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the high court, Coons grimaced before voting “no,” along with all of his Democratic colleagues. On the other side of the aisle, 52 Republicans proceeded to vote in favor of doing away with the judicial filibuster, clearing the way for Gorsuch to be confirmed with a simple majority vote.



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Republicans nuke Supreme Court filibuster to squeeze through Gorsuch

Republicans nuke Supreme Court filibuster to squeeze through GorsuchSenate Republicans nuked a precedent requiring 60 votes to end filibusters of Supreme Court nominees in order to push through Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.



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

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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Democrats to filibuster Neil Gorsuch amid Supreme Court showdown

Democrats to filibuster Neil Gorsuch amid Supreme Court showdownForty-one Senate Democrats have announced they will filibuster President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, setting up a partisan showdown over the hidebound institution’s internal rules this week. In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Monday afternoon, Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., became the latest Democrat to say he would vote no on cloture for Gorsuch. Senate precedent requires 60 votes to end a filibuster — an indefinite debate — and proceed to a vote for Supreme Court nominees.



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Gorsuch confirmation set for next Friday, filibuster drama likely

Gorsuch confirmation set for next Friday, filibuster drama likelySenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s latest statement that Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination will be confirmed on Friday, April 7, has set the battle lines for next week’s confirmation fight.



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The next standoff in Congress: The Supreme Court filibuster

The next standoff in Congress: The Supreme Court filibusterAfter a week of high drama in the House and Senate, lawmakers in Washington could enjoy a quieter period in Congress before another all-out fight in early April over Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation as a Supreme Court justice.



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Chuck Schumer says Democrats will filibuster Neil Gorsuch

Chuck Schumer says Democrats will filibuster Neil GorsuchRepublicans have said they will change Senate rules to end the 60-vote floor for voting on Supreme Court nominees if Democrats block President Donald Trump’s nominee. “If this nominee cannot earn 60 votes—a bar met by each of President Obama’s nominees and President Bush’s nominees—the answer is not to change the rules, it’s to change the nominee,” Schumer said.



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Democrat Joe Manchin cautions against Gorsuch filibuster: ‘What goes around comes around’

Democrat Joe Manchin cautions against Gorsuch filibuster: ‘What goes around comes around’Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Thursday that he would not join a Democratic filibuster of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, arguing that the integrity of the Senate needs to be preserved. Manchin, a conservative Democrat and key vote, told Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric that Senate decorum needs to be preserved and that it started to fall apart in 2013 when then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid instituted the so-called nuclear option.



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