Grassley, Senate Republicans Changed the Rules Because They Had No Other Way to Win

Grassley, Senate Republicans Changed the Rules Because They Had No Other Way to Win

‘Nuclear Option’ Ensures Only Partisan Consideration of Supreme Court Nominees

The Why Courts Matter Iowa coalition issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Senate changing the filibuster rules to ensure the confirmation of President Trump’s nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, to the U.S. Supreme Court:

“Senator Grassley and Republicans in the Senate just ensured that the Supreme Court will be far more partisan and political than at any time in our country’s history, after voting to end the filibuster for Judge Gorsuch and future nominees. The so-called ‘nuclear option’ completes the partisan hatchet job on the independence of the judiciary that began last year when Grassley and Republicans engaged in unprecedented obstruction of Merrick Garland’s nomination.”

“Working side by side, President Trump, Senator Grassley, and Senate Republicans have undermined the U.S. Senate, an American institution. And their vote today undermines the independence of our highest court in the land.”

“This move to further politicize the judiciary is unfortunate, and it did not have to come to this. Republicans made a choice to strip away more than two centuries of Senate tradition. If they truly cared about bipartisanship, they would have worked across the aisle to put forward a consensus nominee who could receive the 60 votes that 25 of the past 26 justices have earned.”

“President Trump, Senator Grassley, and Senate Republicans won their vote today, but the American people lost. A judge who does not believe in protecting the constitutional rights of every citizen will be given a lifetime appointment because of a partisan vote. That’s not what we expect from our judiciary, or from our Senators, and we deserve far better.”

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