The Senate is barreling toward a showdown that could alter how the body governs itself and have far-reaching implications for the nation's highest court.
The fight is over the confirmation of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, but the nominee himself is perhaps more collateral damage than incendiary spark after a decade of Senate infighting that has bred a toxic atmosphere of mistrust and animosity. The high-stakes political battle waging around him could lead to a major change in Senate rules and pave the way for more overtly ideological nominees to the high court.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote Gorsuch's nomination out of committee Monday, likely along party lines. The next step is for the full Senate to consider his nomination, a process that could move the Senate into unprecedented territory.
"Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed this week. How that happens will really depend on what will happen with our Democratic friends," said McConnell on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday.
Schumer and his fellow Democrats could block Gorsuch's nomination because they are requiring a 60-vote threshold for him to pass — also known as a filibuster. With only 52 Republicans, the GOP will have to find the support of eight Democrats. As of Sunday evening, only three Democrats said they'd oppose a filibuster, and just eight remained undecided.