U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirms that he is prepared to use the so-called nuclear option, changing traditional rules of the Senate to allow for a simple majority vote to confirm U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch.
In a WHAS radio interview with me, McConnell noted that the longstanding tradition of requiring a supermajority of 60 aye votes was overrun in 2013 by then-majority leader Sen. Harry Reid. Democrats point out that Reid’s use of the nuclear option was to advance lower court appointments, not Supreme Court nominees.
Here is the entire WHAS interview, which also covers whether superpowers should intervene following Syrian chemical attacks, if GOP in-fighting will wither 2018 election hopes, health care upgrades, tax reform, and how McConnell spends his time with President Donald Trump.
McConnell contends that his majority will not end the legislative filibuster process permanently, as some fear.
One day before the McConnell interview, Rep. John Yarmuth, the only Democrat in Kentucky’s congressional delegation, explained why his Democrat Party colleagues in the Senate need to stand down and allow the Gorsuch nomination to move forward.
It’s a rare moment of agreement between McConnell and Yarmuth.
The Yarmuth interview also covers community grief over the loss of LMPD Officer Nick Rodman, health care upgrades, and why Rand Paul’s health insurance remedies won’t work.
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