However, when they talk for the goal of delaying a vote, it's considered a filibuster.
The full Senate is scheduled to hold a vote on Gorsuch's confirmation on Friday.
We expect to be writing about Justice Neil Gorsuch soon, but how the Senate ultimately appoints him may be none too edifying.
Senator after senator acknowledges that the body is about to make a historic mistake, setting precedent and changing procedures in a way that will, over time, erode the quality of both the Senate and the judiciary.
The Oregon Democrat's marathon - with a brief assist from Sen. Chris Coons of DE was at the center of talks on the Democratic side.
Beginning at 6:46 p.m., Merkley - who prides himself on completing ironman triathlons - spoke all night and into the morning, with just a few dozen charts and a glass of water on hand.
Cote says she opposes Gorsuch because of what she describes as his pro-business philosophy. We did not even get our nominee, when Sen.
Following Merkley on the floor, McConnell ridiculed the opposition from Democrats.
"Democrats would filibuster Ruth Bader Ginsburg if President Donald Trump nominated her", McConnell said, naming one of the more liberal sitting justices.
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Democrats amassed enough support on Monday to block a straightforward Senate confirmation vote, but Republicans threatened to change long-standing Senate rules to force a final vote by the end of the week, a move known as the "nuclear option".
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, was one of many Republicans urging that Gorsuch's nomination be allowed "an up-or-down vote". "That the only option after Judge Gorsuch doesn't earn 60 votes is to break the rules, to change the rules", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
Coons, who led the talks from the Democratic side, said the talks failed because of a lack of trust.
We take issue with the senator's nebulous characterization of Judge Gorsuch's "judicial philosophy", as we expect the "centrist" Mr. Warner, when he shows himself, is likely quite comfortable with the qualifications of this jurist. "That could not be further from the truth". That would eliminate the need for Gorsuch to get support from Democrats in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Still, McCain is expected to go along with McConnell on changing the filibuster rule.
"Progressives think McConnell is bluffing on the nuclear option", reads the headline at Hot Air.
Senate Democrats elevated their attacks against President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Wednesday, portraying him as an ally of the powerful and an enemy of the weak as an explosive showdown loomed on the Senate floor.
But the vote on that motion will not come before Thursday, and it requires 60 senators to pass. But McConnell pledged Tuesday that this would not happen on his watch.
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