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Friday, March 24, 2017

Schumer Threatens To Filibuster Gorsuch; NRA Promises To Target Dems Who Oppose Him

A Washington Post headline on Thursday blared, “Schumer: Democrats Will Filibuster Gorsuch Nomination.” In the story, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he will oppose the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court: “If this nominee cannot earn 60 votes … the answer isn’t to change the rules. It’s to change the nominee.” 

This is ironic, coming from the leader of the party that changed the rules in 2013 to confirm then-President Barack Obama’s lower federal court nominees. However, despite the headline, WaPo notes that Schumer did not call for fellow Dems to join him in a filibuster, and it’s not certain that Democrats have the power to make one stick. 

In response, a letter from NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox to Senate leaders announced that NRA will score the Gorsuch vote and target senators who oppose him come election time. Given NRA’s recent electoral success, and the vulnerability of several Democrats from states that voted for Trump, his promise will likely not be taken lightly.