The Senate has moved to invoke cloture on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. This vote came just after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell invoked the “nuclear option,” leading to a successful vote on a rule change, which allowed the Senate to invoke cloture with just a simple majority rather than the previously required 60 votes.
Earlier this morning, Senate Democrats filibustered Gorsuch’s nomination, denying him the necessary 60 votes to invoke cloture, prompting McConnell to move for the rule change. The Senate will now enter debate for a maximum of 30 hours. A final vote is expected on Gorsuch’s confirmation tomorrow evening, and that vote will require only a simple majority for confirmation.