Senate Democrats have clinched enough support to block Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court, setting up a “nuclear” showdown over Senate rules later this week.
Delaware Sen. Chris Coons announced today that he will oppose Donald Trump’s pick on a procedural vote where he will need the support of eight Democrats to cross a 60-vote threshold. Coons is the 41st Democrat to back the filibuster.
“Throughout this process, I have kept an open mind … I have decided that I will not support Judge Gorsuch’s nomination,” Coons said.
“I am not ready to end debate on this issue. So I will be voting against cloture,” Coons said, absent a deal to avoid the nuclear option.
Unless one of the 41 Democrats change their vote, the filibuster of Gorsuch will be sustained in a vote later this week.
Only four Democratic senators have said they will support President Trump’s pick on the initial vote: Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Sen. Michael Bennet (Colo.).