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Republicans use ‘nuclear option’ to move forward on Gorsuch nomination

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) answers reporters' questions during a news conference Thursday at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Senate Republicans changed the body’s rules, lowering the threshold to end debate on a Supreme Court nominee from 60 votes to 51 votes. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Senate Republicans used the so-called “nuclear option” Thursday in order to move forward with the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court.

In a party-line 52-48 vote, Senate Republicans changed the body’s rules, lowering the threshold to end debate on a Supreme Court nominee from 60 votes to 51 votes.

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