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Reporter’s Notebook: The Senate is the path to the confirmation of the next Supreme Court justice

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Conservative groups are confident that President Trump will pick up a Supreme Court replacement, you are happy. John Roberts has the details for the ” Special report.’

Senate Democrats will likely rue the day in sleep Senate majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is executed the “nuclear option” in November 2013.

Reid was frustrated that Senate Republicans were slow-a lot of Hiking, President Obama nominated. So, November, Reid, the Senate precedent “changed” (don’t change the rules), and lowered the bar to break a filibuster for most of the Cabinet, Agency and judicial nominees. The bar had the 60 votes to break a filibuster. Reid wanted to drop to a simple majority (51). The Senate has a lot of cases of his work is based on the long-established precedent. Change the 44 rules of procedure of the Senate requires a procedural vote with 67 votes in favour. A very high bar. So, it is easier to change to as a precedent, but as the rules change.

So, Reid, on some procedural chicanery on the floor, changed the precedent on filibusters … for all but Supreme Court nominees.

Hold that thought…

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is in February 2016. President Obama was in the Oval Office. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., immediately, the Senate agreed to the view, the President nominated … no matter who they may be. This would have to wait until after the 2016 presidential elections.

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Kennedy retirement granted Trump’s second high court pick

President Obama has nominated Merrick Garland to the high court. And the nomination rotted on the vine, never a hearing is received.

Then President Trump defeated Hillary Clinton. And he nominated Neil from gorsuch to be successful Scalia.

In April 2017, McConnell. He could not break a Democratic filibuster on the nomination of current Supreme Court Justice Neil from gorsuch. BGH nominations needed 60 votes in favour. Reid had opened the Pandora’s box.

Every kid on the schoolyard will tell you that repayments are hell. And so, footsteps, McConnell run, following in Reid ‘ s a second version of the nuclear option and change Senate precedent and lower the bar to break a filibuster on a Supreme Court nominee from 60 votes to 51 votes.

There has never been a successful filibuster of a Supreme court. Of the Senate 12 candidate has been rejected. The last of Robert Bork in 1987. However, the Senate successfully filibustered the nomination of Associate justice Abe Fortas to Chief Justice in 1968. However, Fortas was already on the high court.

The precedent with the from gorsuch’s nomination to serve for all of the following Supreme Court nominee.

McConnell’s maneuvers bore fruit for the right on Tuesday, if the Supreme court 5-4 on the travel ban case. It is likely that a justice Garland have seen, the case is much different than justice from gorsuch.

I asked McConnell on Tuesday, when he was confirmed in his tactics. “I thought Neil from gorsuch was an excellent appointment. I’m happy to see a Supreme court to the right of the center, as it was before Justice Scalia passed,” McConnell said.

Democrats argue that the Republicans should be on their policy of waiting to test until after an election, the next candidate. Admittedly, the circumstances are a little different and the comparisons are not quite. But think of how the Republicans implemented to provide the “judge” issue as a weapon with energy, your base over the years. Reporter queried Schumer on engaging Democratic voters in the midterm elections. But Schumer Punted.

“Our pitch to the voters is health care. We can’t afford to have people the medical benefits, which reduces their costs, your costs are reduced on the proposals on the tax debt. It can’t be that you compromise proposals, Medicare and Medicaid, and our grandchildren in huge debt. We believe in the merits of the issues, the show, the General public is strongly with us, and the November that,” said Schumer.

Now Democrats face a potential 6-3 court rather than a 5-4 court in favor of the left. Consider the anti-Trump energy between progressive and liberal — as revealed in the primary election win Tuesday evening from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on house Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley, D-NY Democrats have an opportunity to engage their base in the midterm elections on the Supreme court. But keep in mind that the Republicans have been doing this for a long time.

Here is another factor to take into consideration:

The Senate is currently 51-49 in favor of Republicans. But, in reality, the Senate 50-49. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has not voted since last December. All it would take is a betrayal of the presence or absence on the Republican side, a tie to a filibuster to break or confirm the Supreme court nominee. Two customer loss, or absences … swings of the process to the Democrats.

It is a balance-beam now in the Senate. And if it does not fall to the next Supreme Court nomination, Republicans, wavering, in hope.

As for timing…

They note that McConnell wants the Senate here all of August. We will see to happen whether the. Agree but with expected “case”, it is possible the Senate hearings on the nomination in August.

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