Trump urges Republicans to force majority vote on Gorsuch if Democrats block

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By Steve Holland

<span class="articleLocation”>U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he
would urge fellow Republicans in the Senate to invoke a rule
change to force a simple majority vote on his Supreme Court
nominee if Democrats block his choice.

With some Democrats questioning Trump’s choice of federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch the day after the president
announced him, Trump said he would not want congressional
gridlock to interfere with Gorsuch.

He spoke at a meeting with interest groups who will support
his choice of Gorsuch, who, if confirmed, will restore a
conservative majority on the Supreme Court.

Trump was asked whether he would urge Senate Majority Leader
Mitch McConnell to use the so-called “nuclear option” to change
the rules to make it easier to confirm him.

“Yes, if we end up with the same gridlock we’ve had in
Washington for longer than eight years; in all fairness to
President (Barack) Obama, a lot longer than eight years,” Trump
said.

“If we end up with that gridlock, I would say, ‘If you can,
Mitch, go nuclear,'” Trump said.

He said it would be “an absolute shame if a man of this
quality” was blocked by Democrats and to avoid that eventuality, “I would say it’s up to Mitch, but I would say, ‘Go for it.”



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