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Trump. Entro la settimana Mr Neil Gorsuch alla Suprema Corte.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-04-03.

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A dispetto del nome che si sono dati, e democratici di democrazia non ne vogliono sapere proprio nulla. Quando hanno la maggioranza governano con sovrano sprezzo della minoranza, e quando sono in minoranza pretendono di governare con filibustering e con la piazza. La loro matrice culturale rivoluzionaria cova come fuoco sotto la cenere. Hanno solo ambizioni personali e dittatoriali.

Questa tendenza ricoluzionaria si ravviva in ogni momento in cui i loro personali interessi siano minacciati: pochi politici nella storia furono più incuranti del popolo e delle sue necessità, quanto attenti ai propri guadagni.

«The Senate is hurtling toward a confrontation over President Donald Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee in a week that could change how Washington works.

Democrats are lining up to block a vote on Judge Neil Gorsuch, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made clear he will be confirmed one way or the other — even if that means further eroding decades of Senate traditions that have forced the majority to compromise.

To deliver on his promise, McConnell might have to invoke what’s known as the “nuclear option” — changing Senate rules to eliminate the 60-vote threshold and end filibusters on high court nominees»

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Verosimilmente questo muro contro muro esiterà nell’uso della “nuclear option” durane la votazione per confermare Mr Neil Gorsuch quale giudice della Corte Suprema.

«The nuclear or constitutional option is a parliamentary procedure that allows the U.S. Senate to override a rule or precedent by a simple majority of 51 votes, instead of by a supermajority of 60 votes. The option is invoked by the presiding officer of the United States Senate ruling that the validity of a Senate rule or precedent is a constitutional question. The issue is immediately put to the full Senate, which decides by majority vote. The procedure thus allows the Senate to decide any issue by majority vote, regardless of existing procedural rules, such as current Senate rules specifying that ending a filibuster requires the consent of 60 senators (out of 100) for legislation, and 67 for amending a Senate rule. The term “nuclear option” is an analogy to nuclear weapons being the most extreme option in warfare.» [Fonte]

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Ciò che lascia perplessi e stupefatti di tutta questa manfrina è che furono proprio i democratici, nella persona dell’allora Presidente Bill Clinton, ad usare la “nuclear option”.

«In 1996, President Bill Clinton nominated Judge Richard Paez to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Republicans held up Paez’s nomination for more than four years, culminating in a failed March 8, 2000 filibuster. Only 14 Republicans approved it. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) was among those who voted to filibuster Paez. Paez was ultimately confirmed with a simple majority.» [Fonte]

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I liberals democratici sono noti per usare sempre due pesi e due misure.

L’unica certezza del diritto che conoscono i democratici è quella di assolvere i democratici a condannare severamente quanti considerino essere nemici politici. Ecco perché ci tengono tanto alla Corte Suprema.


Reuters. 2017-04-03. Senate panel expected to approve Trump’s Supreme Court pick, set up Senate showdown

A U.S. Senate panel on Monday is expected to advance President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, to a full Senate vote later in the week, setting up a political showdown as Democrats seek to block his confirmation.

Republicans hold an 11-9 majority on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is considering Gorsuch’s nomination, and control the full Senate by 52-48. But Democrats are planning to use a procedural hurdle called a filibuster that requires 60 votes to allow a confirmation vote.

So far, 37 Democrats have backed such a move. To date, only three Democrats have said they support Gorsuch.

If confirmed to fill a vacancy created by the February 2016 death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, Gorsuch, 49, an appeals court judge, would restore the nine-seat high court’s conservative majority, fulfilling one of Trump’s top campaign promises.

Republican Senate leaders insist Gorsuch will be confirmed on Friday whatever the Democrats do, enabling the Republican president to deliver on a major campaign pledge.

“What I can tell you is Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed this week. How that happens really depends on our Democratic friends,” Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.

Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer said on “Meet the Press” that it was “highly, highly unlikely” that Republicans would get 60 votes.

Republicans need to win over eight Democrats in total to block a filibuster. If they cannot do so, McConnell can still force a vote by changing long-standing Senate rules to allow for a simple majority vote, a move that Trump has urged. The precedent-breaking move would make it easier for Supreme Court justices to be confirmed in future.

The Senate’s No. 2 Republican, John Cornyn, said on Sunday the expected filibuster was a “last-gasp” effort by Democrats.

“If they filibuster Neil Gorsuch, they are going to filibuster everyone that this president might propose,” Cornyn said on the CBS program “Face the Nation.”

Democrats say they oppose Gorsuch because of his judicial record on a Denver-based U.S. appeals court over the past decade. They say he favors corporations over workers and would support lifting restrictions on election spending.

Some Democrats also complained that during his two days of testimony before the Judiciary Committee, Gorsuch failed to give straightforward answers to questions.

Democrats are also still angry that the Republican-led Senate refused last year to consider then-Democratic President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to fill Scalia’s seat.

Gorsuch, if confirmed, would immediately be thrust into the midst of the high court’s term, which runs from October to June. If his nomination wins approval on Friday, he would be able to participate in the court’s next round of oral arguments, starting on April 17.


Bloomberg. 2017-04-03. ‘Nuclear’ Bid to Confirm Gorsuch May Radically Change Washington

The Senate is hurtling toward a confrontation over President Donald Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee in a week that could change how Washington works.

Democrats are lining up to block a vote on Judge Neil Gorsuch, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made clear he will be confirmed one way or the other — even if that means further eroding decades of Senate traditions that have forced the majority to compromise.

To deliver on his promise, McConnell might have to invoke what’s known as the “nuclear option” — changing Senate rules to eliminate the 60-vote threshold and end filibusters on high court nominees. 

It’s called the nuclear option for a reason — it would destroy one of the few restraints that still distinguishes the Senate from the more raucous, majority-rule House. The Senate is often referred to as the world’s greatest deliberative body, and the power the filibuster gives to the minority is what forces that deliberation. Eliminating it would create a ripple effect across Washington, deepening the partisanship.

Going nuclear would immediately poison a chamber that requires consensus to operate efficiently. It would infuriate Democrats, who would likely use Senate rules to gum up the works for Republicans at every turn — slowing down the president’s lower-level nominees, holding up routine Senate business and generally slowing things to crawl at a time when Trump is struggling to fill out his administration and push through an ambitious agenda. 

Threat of Escalation

Senators warn that if Democrats retaliate in this way, the dispute between the parties may escalate further. Republicans could choose to eliminate the 60-vote threshold not just for presidential nominees but for legislation, so that bills could pass with a simple majority. Such a change would remove the last vestige of the Senate’s long tradition of debate and compromise, turning it into a smaller version of the House and fundamentally transforming the way laws are made.

“It would be very easy the next time there is a big legislative issue, just to go ahead and do it,” said Republican Bob Corker of Tennessee.

At a minimum, the outcome will set the tone for future high court nominees in a way that over time could transform the court into a more purely partisan institution.

Senators in both parties use near-apocalyptic terms to describe the stakes — Democrat Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Corker have both said the outcome could “destroy” the Senate.

“If the Senate decides to destroy even further the Senate, they’re gonna also begin the process of destroying the Supreme Court,” Corker said, with presidents no longer facing a bipartisan check on extreme picks.

There’s still a chance Gorsuch could win the 60 votes needed to advance under the existing rules, although that window is narrowing significantly with at least 37 Democrats saying publicly that they would vote to filibuster. It takes 41 Democrats to block Gorsuch under the current rules.

It’s also unclear whether McConnell has the 50 Republican votes needed to change the Senate’s rules if Vice President Mike Pence casts the tie-breaking vote. Some Republicans could hold back, worried about what could happen when Democrats regain control of the Senate.

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