On Tuesday, the Republican National Committee announced it would abandon its practice of using the Senate’s “nuclear option” to kill judicial nominees.
The move follows a series of defeats for Republican senators in the Senate this year that have made it hard for them to gain control of the chamber.
For those of you who don’t know, there are three different ways the Senate can proceed on a Supreme Court nomination.
The first is with the filibuster, which requires 51 votes to end debate on a nomination.
If a majority of senators vote in favor of a nominee, the Senate president and vice president can filibuster the nomination until the votes are counted.
If not, the nomination goes to the Senate floor.
The other two are “fast track” and “fast-track” rules, which require a simple majority vote to approve a nomination before it goes to a full Senate vote.
The president nominates the nominee and the Senate holds a 60-vote threshold to pass the nomination, and then the president can nominate the same nominee on a later day.
In practice, this system has worked quite well, with Republicans holding the upper chamber for the last four decades, and the majority in the majority for nearly two decades.
The difference this year has been the party that controls the Senate has lost control of both chambers, and is now the minority party.
With the filibuster gone, the GOP is now faced with the prospect of a potential Democratic filibuster.
The filibuster has been a contentious issue in the past, with some senators arguing that it would be unconstitutional for the Senate to try to stop a nominee they had previously confirmed.
This is the second time in a week that the GOP has abandoned the filibuster.
Just hours earlier, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced that he would move forward with his plan to eliminate it altogether, and to limit its use in the future.
McConnell announced the move on Twitter, and in a brief statement said: The Republican leadership has made a decision to end the filibuster and move forward on a constitutional amendment that would restore the 60-member filibuster.
That will ensure a President can nominate Supreme Court Justices through an open process.
But the GOP’s plan was a disappointment to a large number of Americans.
As many as 90 percent of Republicans polled by The Hill said they opposed the idea of changing the rules, while almost three-quarters of Democrats said they favored such a change.
A majority of voters in several swing states — Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Ohio — said they didn’t think the GOP plan was realistic, and a majority in three swing states (Florida, North Carolina, and Nevada) said it was not.
Some Democrats were not as happy about the GOP leadership’s move.
“The GOP’s decision is a huge setback for the future of our democracy, and for the American people,” Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said in a statement.
The move is a major blow to the party’s chances of holding on to control of Congress, and one that will likely be seen as a setback for President Donald Trump. “
I hope the Republican leadership will now listen to their voters and reverse this terrible decision and restore a Supreme Judicial Court that upholds the law and the Constitution.”
The move is a major blow to the party’s chances of holding on to control of Congress, and one that will likely be seen as a setback for President Donald Trump.
Democrats have been working for years to get a Republican majority in Congress, which has held majorities in both chambers for most of the past half century.
The goal has been to keep the Senate from filibustering Supreme Court nominations in an effort to prevent Republicans from blocking them.
In 2016, they succeeded in getting two Supreme Court nominees confirmed.