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Senate Republicans Deploy 'Nuclear Option' to Clear Path for Gorsuch

Senate Republicans Deploy 'Nuclear Option' to Clear Path for Gorsuch | 06 April 2017 | Senate Republicans changed longstanding rules on Thursday to clear the way for the confirmation of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court, bypassing a precedent-breaking Democratic filibuster by allowing the nomination to go forward on a simple majority vote. In deploying the so-called nuclear option, lawmakers are fundamentally altering the way the Senate handles one of its most significant duties -- a sign of the body's creeping rancor in recent years after decades of at least relative bipartisanship on Supreme Court matters. Both parties have likewise warned of sweeping effects on the future of the court, predicting that the shift will lead to the elevation of more ideologically extreme judges if only a majority is required for confirmation.