The Trump administration is about to secure a major victory in getting Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch confirmed as Democratic Senators have begun to announce that they will be voting to confirm him.
The Free Beacon reported:
Two Democratic senators, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, announced Thursday that they will vote to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, bucking their own party’s leadership.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) has promised that Senate Democrats will filibuster Gorsuch’s nomination and prevent him from joining the high court. If a filibuster occurs, the Senate’s 52 Republicans would need eight Democratic colleagues to join them in supporting Gorsuch, or Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) could invoke the so-called “nuclear option,” altering Senate rules so only a simple, 51-vote majority would be needed to confirm the nominee rather than the current 60 votes needed…
…Heitkamp and Manchin each released a statement via Twitter on Thursday afternoon announcing their support for Gorsuch.
I will vote to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to be the ninth justice on the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/MpVbaqf0LB
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) March 30, 2017
I will vote for Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Here's my full statement: pic.twitter.com/pDdhde7mGF
— Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (@SenatorHeitkamp) March 30, 2017
The fact that Democrats are starting to work with Trump on confirming Gorsuch is huge especially since Obama was unable to persuade Republicans to work him.