Senate Democrats to fight Trump with filibuster on Supreme Court nominee!
With Trump prepared to announce his nominee on Tuesday evening, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) said in an interview on Monday morning that he will filibuster any pick that is not Merrick Garland and that the vast majority of his caucus will oppose Trump’s nomination. That means Trump’s nominee will need 60 votes to be confirmed by the Senate.
McConnell is loathe to change the rules of the Senate to allow confirmation of Supreme Court nominees by a simple majority but has not said explicitly what he would do if Democrats block Trump’s nominee. The Senate rules can be changed by a simple majority by the so-called “nuclear option” — last invoked by former Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to ease the confirmation of Obama’s judicial and executive nominees. More from Politico here.