Senate Democrats have officially secured enough support to filibuster Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) announced today that he will be opposing Trump’s nomination, making him the 41st Democratic Senator to do so.
“Throughout this process, I have kept an open mind … I have decided that I will not support Judge Gorsuch’s nomination,” Coons said. “I am not ready to end debate on this issue. So I will be voting against closure.”
The filibuster of Gorsuch is expected to be sustained later this week.
This will likely result in Republicans using their majority to change the rules, which would ultimately sidestep the Democrats’ efforts.
“If we have to, we will change the rules, and it looks like we’re going to have to,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s meeting on Gorsuch’s nomination. “I hate that. I really, really do.”
Democrats pulled a similar maneuver in 2013, when they lowered the confirmation threshold for lower court judges and executive nominees.
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