Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) explicitly detailed a plan to filibuster Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court on State of the Union Sunday, but said that Democrats’ plans were not a filibuster.
Host Dana Bash confronted Sanders, “It sounds like a ‘yes,’ you’re for a filibuster.”
“It’s not a question of filibuster, I am for the Republicans obeying the rules that currently exist and for not changing those rules,” Sanders said. “And the rules right now, for good reasons, are 60 votes.”
A startled Bash then explained that “the rules do allow for a filibuster for the Supreme Court nomination, but it certainly doesn’t require Democrats to use that.”
“You’re using the word ‘filibuster,'” Sanders said, trying to challenge Bash.
“Because that’s what it is!” Bash exclaimed in frustration.
Sanders, undaunted by facts, argued: “No it is not. There will be a vote. If he doesn’t get 60 votes, he does not become Supreme Court justice.”
Sanders was referencing a vote on cloture, requiring 60 votes to end debate on a measure. If Democrats refuse to grant those 60 votes, they would then filibuster Gorsuch’s nomination.
7.19.17 8:49 pmHypocrisy Alert: Warren Calls for More Transparency for Foreign Donations to Campaigns
Warren attended a fundraiser over the weekend at the home of former Wall Street executive whose company is responsible “for the greatest amount of known foreign-connected money in U.S. elections.”
7.17.17 3:01 pmRNC Chair: It’s Time to Show Americans That the Republican Party Can Govern
“Now it’s our time to show not only that we can repeal and replace Obamacare…but also that we can govern,” Ronna Romney McDaniel said during an interview on Monday.
7.17.17 11:06 amNew NRSC Ad Hits 2018 Dems for Their Support of Obamacare
“Democrats’ Obamacare Lies,” highlights the multiple lies Senate Democrats told the American people to get Obamacare passed.
7.13.17 12:09 pmJeff Sessions Announces Biggest Health Care Fraud Crackdown in US History
The Department of Justice caught over 400 individuals defrauding the federal government.