Neil Gorsuch, the filibuster and the nuclear option: what you need to know | US news

THE GUARDIAN | on Tue, Apr 4, 12:03 PM

The US Senate is facing a political crisis, the result of a standoff over Donald Trump’s supreme court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. Senate Democrats have pledged to filibuster the nomination[1] and if they do, the majority leader, Mitch McConnell, has said he will alter Senate rules to ensure Gorsuch is confirmed. The high stakes are accompanied by a host of Senate jargon and arcane procedures that have come to define the chamber, resulting in one of the most consequential showdowns in recent congr...

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