Senate Republicans successfully voted for the so-called "nuclear option" today, to force a confirmation vote on Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the United States Supreme Court.
Democrats had threatened to filibuster the nomination and Republicans did not have the customary 60 votes to end debate today. Therefore, McConnell moved to change Senate rules to effectively end the filibuster with a simple majority vote.
Democrats previously triggered the nuclear option in 2013, for lower court judges and executive branch nominees.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, "The nuclear option means the end of a long history of consensus on Supreme Court nominations. It weakens the standing of the Senate as a whole, as a check on the president's ability to shape the judiciary."
Ron Cass, dean emeritus of Boston University School of Law.
This segment aired on April 6, 2017.
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