The Senate Judiciary Committee is delaying the initial committee vote on SCOTUS nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman of the committee, said Democrats had requested that the Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Gorsuch be pushed to next week. Therefore, the committee will vote on April 3rd and hopefully will conclude by the end of that week before the Senate goes into a recess. Democrats are requiring at least 60 votes for Gorsuch’s approval. It is unclear whether the Democrats have enough votes to filibuster Gorsuch’s vote. Republicans have implied that they will practice their use of a “nuclear option” if the Democrats block Gorsuch’s vote. The “nuclear option” allows the U.S. Senate to override a rule or precedent by a simple majority of 51 votes, instead of by a supermajority of 60 votes.
We will continue to provide updates throughout this confirmation process of our next Supreme Court Justice.