Neil Gorsuch nomination: Republicans prepare to use ‘nuclear option’

Thursday, April 6, 2017

A showdown over President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, is set to play out on the Senate floor today as Democrats and independents try to block Gorsuch by denying Republicans the 60 votes needed to proceed. Republicans plan to counter with the “nuclear option,” changing Senate rules to make a simple majority of 51 votes enough to confirm.