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Old 04-01-2019, 03:54 PM
HurricaneDitka is offline
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Originally Posted by Whack-a-Mole View Post
I started to write out a lengthy post, but I think this bit of a Wikipedia article is sufficient:

In November 2013, Senate Democrats led by Harry Reid used the nuclear option to eliminate the 60-vote rule on executive branch nominations and federal judicial appointments, but not for the Supreme Court.[1] In April 2017, Senate Republicans led by Mitch McConnell extended the nuclear option to Supreme Court nominations in order to end debate on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch.[2][3][4]

As of March 2019, a three-fifths majority vote is still required to end debates on legislation.

ETA: I'll note that increasing the size of the Supreme Court would require legislation

Last edited by HurricaneDitka; 04-01-2019 at 03:54 PM.