As the Senate gears up to consider President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., predicted Sunday that "it looks like Gorsuch will not reach the 60-vote margin" needed to overcome a filibuster.
If the 60 votes aren't there, Schumer argued during an appearance on "Meet The Press," President Trump should gather with Senate Democrats and Republicans to "try to come up with a mainstream nominee. Look, when a nominee doesn't get 60 votes, you shouldn't change the rules, you should change the nominee."
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In 2013, then-Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made an unprecedented change in Senate rules to use the "nuclear option" and set a 51-vote threshold for Cabinet appointees and most judicial nominees, rather than 60 votes.
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., projected that it was possible this week that the Senate could take that one step further and force the rule changes to impact Supreme Court nominees.