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5 Reasons to Save the 60-Vote Threshold for Supreme Court Nominees
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5 Reasons to Save the 60-Vote Threshold for Supreme Court Nominees

A vote for the nuclear option in Judge Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court confirmation is a vote against the rights of workers and historically marginalized groups.


  • Michele L. Jawando
  • Billy Corriher

Senate Republicans are threatening to detonate what’s known as the “nuclear option” — a drastic change to historic Senate rules — just to get President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Justice Neil Gorsuch, confirmed. If the Senate goes nuclear, it could end the rule that requires 60 votes to move forward on Supreme Court nominees. This would allow the Senate to confirm Judge Gorsuch, an ideologue who will likely limit the rights of workers, women, and the LGBTQ community, for a lifetime seat on the Court.

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Michele L. Jawando

Vice President

Billy Corriher

Deputy Director, Legal Progress