Thursday, March 30, 2017
How the GOP Can Confirm Gorsuch Without Going Nuclear
Lifezette by Bredan Kirby --
With Democratic opposition to Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch stiffening, Republicans increasingly are looking to the so-called “nuclear option” to put him on the bench.
That refers to changing the Senate filibuster rules to require only a simple majority to cut off debate, instead of 60 votes.
But some experts on Senate procedure say there is another way that would allow the majority to rule without further eroding the 200-year-old filibuster rule. They point to Rule 19, or the “two-speech rule,” which limits filibustering senators to two speeches each during the same legislative day.
Rachel Bovard, director of policy services at the conservative Heritage Foundation, said the approach would force Senate Democrats into the demoralizing position of staging a talkathon they know they cannot win.