Senate Republican leader starts ticking time to confront Gorsuch

© Reuters. United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks to reporters at the United States Capitol in Washington.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday he would soon file a motion to remove a Democratic filibuster expected from Supreme Court candidate Neil Gorsuch, moving the clock toward a vote. end at the end of the week.

The motion would set up a vote, likely on Thursday, to try to cut the filibuster, which would require a supermajority of 60 votes in the 100-seat Senate to end the debate on Gorsuch’s nomination and move to an up or down final. vote on confirmation.

Enough Democrats have agreed to support a filibuster to block a final vote under current Senate rules, and McConnell is expected to seek a rule change for the nomination to pass on Friday.

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