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Ohio's Sen. Portman Will Vote For The Nuclear Option to Force a Gorsuch Vote

Portman says he's convinced the bill has enough support and promise to keep the funding going.
Portman says he's convinced the bill has enough support and promise to keep the funding going.
Portman says he's convinced the bill has enough support and promise to keep the funding going.
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Portman says Democrats leave Republicans with no option.

Ohio’s Sen. Rob Portman has confirmed he will vote with other Republicans to force a vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports he insists it’s a very different situation than last year, when Republicans refused to vote on another nominee.

Portman said he’ll vote for the so-called the nuclear option, which will lower the threshold to break a filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee from 60 to 51. He says he regrets a further division in the Senate, but insists Gorsuch is well-qualified and deserves a vote.

He also says circumstances are different than last March, when President Obama nominated Merrick Garland. The difference, Portman says, was that it was a campaign year.

“Now someone’s elected; the people have spoken. It was a very big issue in the campaign. It was the reason some people supported Hillary Clinton. It’s the reason some people supported Donald Trump.”

Click here for a fact-check on Garland, the Senate and the 'nuclear option.'

Portman insists Gorsuch is a moderate. But most Democrats, including Ohio’s Sen. Sherrod Brown, say his decisions have consistently promoted corporate interests over civil rights and worry about how he’ll weigh in on voting rights cases.

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