Senate Democrats Filibuster Trump’s Court Pick.

Senate Democrats blocked Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court on a 55-45 vote Thursday, marking the first successful filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee in nearly five decades. Just four Democrats voted to advance Gorsuch’s nomination, which fell short of the necessary 60-vote threshold.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is now expected to invoke the “nuclear option,” which would change Senate rules with just a simple majority to eliminate the 60-vote barrier for Supreme Court nominees. The move will permanently end another vestige of bipartisanship amid the war over President Donald Trump’s first pick for the high court.

The so-called “nuclear optionwould ensure that all future Supreme Court nominees would no longer need 60 votes to advance in the Senate — the culmination of a deeply bitter battle over the judiciary that has been escalating between the two parties for more than a decade.

“Bad day for Democracy,” fumed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) as he entered the Senate chamber.

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