The Senate’s top Republican, Mitch McConnell, top Democrat Chuck Schumer are set to square off this week over the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Gorsuch, President Trump’s choice to replace the late Antonin Scalia, has enough votes to pass the Senate Judiciary Committee today, but not the 60 votes needed for the final confirmation vote on Friday.
Should the Democrats attempt to filibuster Gorsuch’s nomination, Sen. McConnell is expected to propose a vote to change Senate rules and allow for a simple majority, nicknamed the “nuclear option.” Sen. McConnell has vowed that "we’re going to get Judge Gorsuch confirmed this week."
With 52 Republican Senators, eight votes from Democrats or the Senate's two independents would be necessary to prevent a filibuster. So far, only Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia — all up for re-election next year in states that Trump won handily — have said they will vote to confirm Judge Gorsuch.
Be sure to check Lanterns for continuing news coverage and analysis of the SCOTUS vote this week.