April 10, 2017

In landmark week, united Senate Republicans win “historic victory” on Supreme Court nominations

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Friday’s 54-45 roll call confirming Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court is the capstone on the landmark victory, when united Senate Republicans, under Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), put an end to the ability of Senate Democrats to utilize the filibuster to deny confirmation to Supreme Court nominees of Republican presidents.|

Thursday’s party-line 52-48 roll call, ratifying McConnell’s so-called “nuclear option” motion, broke the unprecedented partisan filibuster by which Senate Democrats were preventing a confirmation vote on Gorsuch. The outcome of Thursday’s roll call ensured that future nominees to the Supreme Court who command majority support in the Senate will be confirmed.

McConnell’s successful “nuclear” motion produced a historic victory for Senate Republicans, the President, and the country — and a huge defeat for a coalition of left-wing groups, led by the abortion lobby, that had relentlessly pressured Democratic senators to filibuster the confirmation of Judge Gorsuch,” said National Right to Life Senior Policy Advisor Douglas D. Johnson. “For decades, liberal senators and interest groups had attacked Republican judicial nominees with procedural and political weapons that Republicans were slow to match. This week, the Republicans took decisive action to restore parity to the judicial confirmation process, and we commend them for it.”

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