On April 6, Senate Republicans changed a long-standing rule of the chamber in a move coined the “nuclear option.”
Now, under Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., instead of needing a super majority of 60 votes to confirm Supreme Court nominees, Neil Gorsuch needs only a simple majority of 51 votes.
The move was in response to Senate Democrats, who blocked Gorsuch’s nomination with a filibuster.
While the change in rules has altered the nature of the Senate, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, contended in a statement released by his office that the Democrats broke new ground.
“Like 2013, Democrats broke new ground again today by conducting a partisan filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch,” Grassley said. “Republicans aren’t the ones breaking new ground here.”
— by Maria Curi