Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Day before Trump pick, Dems talk filibuster


At The Hill by J Carney, A Bolton  --

White House and Congress are gearing up for a fierce battle over President Trump’s pivotal nomination to the Supreme Court, which he is expected to announce Tuesday.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) turned up the temperature on Monday, circulating a petition that argues his colleagues should block any nominee from Trump given the Senate GOP’s decision to not grant a vote or hearing to Merrick Garland, whom then-President Obama nominated to the court last year.

“This is the seat that [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell [R-Ky.] and [his] team have stolen from President Obama,” he said in an email to supporters. “I won’t be complicit in this theft.”A spokeswoman for Merkley confirmed that the Oregon Democrat will block any nominee besides Garland, who is not on Trump’s list of potential picks, from winning Senate approval by a simple majority vote.

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