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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell triggered the “nuclear option” on today, effectively changing the rules of the Senate. This will allow Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, to be confirmed without the usual majority vote requirement. Earlier today, Senate Democrats successfully filibustered Gorsuch’s nomination with the 41 votes necessary to vote against his confirmation. Fifty-five senators voted in favor of ending debate, and 45 against. Current Senate rules dictate that 60 votes are required in order to advance a Supreme Court nomination. The “nuclear option” changes the rules to allow the nomination to go to a final floor vote with a simple majority of 51 votes, rather than 60.

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