Law professor breaks down the latest motion for Supreme Court nominee
After nearly 30 hours of debate the senate majority leader set a new precedent that will make it easier for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch to be confirmed.
The rule change means that from here on out nominees for Supreme Court justices only need a simple majority vote to be confirmed by senators.
The Democratic Senate minority attempted today to stop a vote on Gorsuch from taking place by filibustering. The republicans then raised a point of order and got a ruling that you can’t filibuster when it comes to supreme court nominations.
Widener law professor Michael Dimino told CBS 21, “What this means is that it’s going to be relatively easier than it otherwise would have been for presidents to get nominees through the senate.”
In 2013 when democrats had majority in the senate their attempts to confirm former President Obama’s nominations were being filibustered by republicans so they passed a ruling that you can’t filibuster judicial nominees but left out supreme court justices.
“Republicans are dropping the other shoe and saying you can’t filibuster supreme court nominations either,” said Dimino.
The senate majority leader also passed a ruling saying instead of the 60 votes needed to confirm a nominee they only need 51. With 52 senate republicans professor Dimino says Gorsuch should have no problem getting confirmed.
“The vote will go through and it probably will go through on a 55-45 vote in favor of confirmation,” said Dimino.