McConnell Smooths Path As He Prepares To Break Glass On Nuclear Option

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., talks with the media after Senate Republicans met with President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., talks with the media after Senate Republicans met with President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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March 6, 2019 11:35 a.m.

The breakneck speed with which Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has shepherded Trump-friendly judges through the confirmation process is apparently not enough — according to Politico, McConnell is clearing the way to smash the glass on the new nuclear option.

McConnell wants to change the rules so that lower-court nominees can be confirmed by a simple majority vote, an easy way to circumvent Democratic obstinance.

Per Politico, Republicans think they have the 50 votes for the nuclear option but would prefer party unity. Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) was reportedly on the Senate floor trying to woo moderate Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) on Tuesday.

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