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FACT CHECK: Dems Try To Create False SCOTUS Standard

- February 2, 2017

Top Democrats Are Trying To Argue That There Is A Standard That Supreme Court Nominees Should Be Confirmed By At Least 60 Votes

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), A Member Of The Senate Judiciary Committee, Said "Sixty Votes Is In The Senate Rules." "'I support 60 votes,' said Judiciary Committee member Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, while acknowledging she doesn't know who will get tapped for the post. 'Sixty votes is in the Senate rules and that is how we've done it and that's how we should do it.'" (Manu Raju and Ted Barrett, "Democrats Consider Backing Off Big Battle Over Trump's Supreme Court Pick," CNN , 1/31/17)

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY): "The Senate Must Insist Upon 60 Votes For Any Supreme Court Nominee." "'The Senate must insist upon 60 votes for any Supreme Court nominee, a bar that was met by each of President Obama's nominees,' Schumer said in the statement. 'The burden is on Judge Neil Gorsuch to prove himself to be within the legal mainstream and, in this new era, willing to vigorously defend the Constitution from abuses of the executive branch.'" (Michael McAuliff, "Democrats Will Insist On 60 Votes For Trump's High Court Nominee," The Huffington Post , 1/31/17)

Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL): Gorsuch "Should Have A Hearing And Meet The Voting Standard That Supreme Court Nominees Are Held To 60 Votes." SENATOR DICK DURBIN (D-IL): "Wasn't that an interesting rollout at the White House, and we are asking me if we were going to be consistent, and we are insisting on the hearing and a vote with Garland, and we will insist on the same thing, and he should have a hearing and meet the voting standard that Supreme Court nominees are held to of 60 votes, a standard that was met by Sotomayor." (MSNBC's "Morning Joe," 2/1/17)

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT): "There Will Be A 60-Vote Threshold." SENATOR RICHARD BLUMENTHAL (D-CT): "There will be a 60-vote threshold, just as there was for President Obama's nominees." (MSNBC's "Live," 1/31/17)

In Reality, There Is No Such Senate Standard Of 60 Votes To Confirm A SCOTUS Nominee

The Washington Post Headline: "Senate Democrat's Misleading Language On A 60-Vote 'Standard'" (Glenn Kessler, "Senate Democrats' Misleading Language On A 60-Vote 'Standard' For Supreme Court Nominees," The Washington Post , 2/2/17)

The Washington Post Fact Checker: "Sixty Votes Is Not 'A Standard' For Supreme Court Confirmations." "Democrats are being slippery with their language. Sixty votes is not 'a standard' for Supreme Court confirmations, as two of the current justices on the court did not meet that supposed standard." (Glenn Kessler, "Senate Democrats' Misleading Language On A 60-Vote 'Standard' For Supreme Court Nominees," The Washington Post , 2/2/17)

The Washington Post 's Glenn Kessler: "Democrats Are Being Slippery With Their Language." "Democrats are being slippery with their language. Sixty votes is not 'a standard' for Supreme Court confirmations, as two of the current justices on the court did not meet that supposed standard." (Glenn Kessler, "Senate Democrats' Misleading Language On A 60-Vote 'Standard' For Supreme Court Nominees," The Washington Post , 2/2/17)

Overcoming A Filibuster Requires 60 Votes; So Unless Filibustered, A Nominee To The Supreme Court Only Needs A Simple Majority In The Senate To Be Confirmed. "To be confirmed, the nominee needs a simple majority in the Senate. But Supreme Court nominees - at least as of now - can be still filibustered, which means that 60 senators must vote to keep the nomination alive." (Carrie Dann, "Trump's Supreme Court Pick: How Does A Nominee Get Confirmed?" NBC News , 1/31/17)


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