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McConnell: “Feel No Guilt” About Going Nuclear Over Supreme Court

In meeting with leadership team this week, McConnell goes nuclear…

Sen. Mitch McConnell

Politico reports this morning that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told his leadership team in private that they should “feel no guilt” about triggering the “nuclear option” to force through the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Check out the key excerpt below:

Mitch McConnell told his leadership team in private this week what’s becoming increasingly obvious on Capitol Hill: Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch probably won’t get 60 votes to avoid a filibuster. But the Senate majority leader had an equally pressing message: Republicans should have no compunction about pulling the trigger on the “nuclear option” — with Democrats resisting a high court nominee as well-pedigreed as Gorsuch. “Feel no guilt,” McConnell said, according to attendees. McConnell’s attempt to buck up his GOP ranks, relayed by three sources in attendance, underscores the high stakes of the Gorsuch battle as the Senate barrels toward a likely nuclear showdown next week: His confirmation is, to put it mildly, a can’t-lose for Republicans.

McConnell’s clear and unequivocal statement comes as The Wall Street Journal reports that more than half the Democrats in the Senate have declared they will vote against Gorsuch:

More than half the Democrats in the Senate now say they will vote against President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, setting up an acrimonious showdown over Judge Neil Gorsuch’s bid to fill the seat left vacant by Antonin Scalia’s death last year.