Republicans in the Senate have voted to change the rules for Supreme Court nominees to be confirmed with a simple majority of 51 votes rather than 60 votes. The move comes after Democrats used the filibuster for the first time since the 1960s. Democrats have claimed they filibustered because Gorsuch had supported corporations above workers. Critics claim they filibustered in retaliation for the GOP led Senate refusing to hold a hearing for Obama’s centrist nominee Merrick Garland.
The confirmation vote for Judge Gorsuch will be held Friday. It should be noted that the Senate confirmed 25 of the past 26 nominees either without a vote or strong bipartisan support exceeding the minimum 60 votes.