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Audio: Listen to the New York Times Explain the Senate Nuclear Option

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Listen to everything you didn't know about the filibuster on Vurbl. In this clip, Pedro Rafael Rosado of the New York Times explains the ultimate power of filibustering: the nuclear option.
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Listen to everything you didn't know about the filibuster on Vurbl. In this clip, Pedro Rafael Rosado of the New York Times explains the ultimate power of filibustering: the nuclear option.
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longstanding Senate rules allow a minority of 41 senators to filibuster a Supreme Court nominee by blocking a final confirmation vote. Under the nuclear option, 51 senators would change the rules and abolish the filibuster. This rules change would allow the GOP to push through Judge Gorsuch's appointment. Judge Gorsuch the Podium, sir, is yours. It could also clear the way for President Trump to easily confirm a more conservative justice if a seat opens up on the Supreme Court in the future. But some Republicans, Senate traditionalists are reluctant to vote for the nuclear option. It's a term meant to evoke horror because the power play turns the Senate from a debate friendly body into a more partisan chamber. Like the House. Essentially, it denies the minority party any meaningful role in Senate votes. They don't have to treat the nuclear option as if it's their first and only option. It's a false choice to my friends on the other side. The answer isn't to change the rules. The answer is to change the nominees
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