Filibuster 101: What does the Senate filibuster mean?

Senate democrats have secured enough votes to filibuster Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. 



Filibuster is actually a term that's been used a lot in Washington lately, and is simply the delaying or blocking of a vote.



Democrats just needed 41 votes to filibuster.



Sen. Chuck Schumer says the Democrats nominee was Merrick Garland and that "Mitch McConnell broke 230 years of precedent and didn't call him up for a vote."



Some in Washington are calling it payback for Republicans refusing to even consider former President Obama's nominee last year.



Sen. Lindsey Graham had a message for Democrats, "If you're filibustering him as a democrat, that means you don't accept that fact that President Trump won."



But Republicans who say Gorsuch will be confirmed by the end of the week still have an option to force him through the "nuclear option."



Current rules say the filibuster can only be broken with 60 votes. 



With Republicans holding the majority at 52 seats they would need eight Democrats to sign on.



But the "nuclear option" would change Senate rules to confirm a simple majority vote.



While Republicans say they are hesitant to employ this tactic, many agree they're willing to do whatever it takes to get Gorsuch confirmed.


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