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Chuck Schumer Once Thought A Supreme Court Justice Didn’t Need 60 Votes

On Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called on Senate Democrats to filibuster President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, but Schumer previously thought that a Supreme Court Justice didn’t need 60 votes.

“After careful deliberation, I have concluded that I cannot support Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court,” Schumer said during his opening remarks on the Senate floor.

“He will have to earn 60 votes for confirmation. My vote will be no, and I urge my colleagues to do the same.”

However, before the Senate voted for Justice Samuel Alito, Schumer said, “in just a few minutes we will vote on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court… without doubt, Judge Alito today has the votes to win confirmation…”

The Senate confirmed Alito by a vote of 58-42, after the Senate voted for cloture on the nomination 72-25.