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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

There They Go Again…

Washington Post Fact-Checker: Senate Democrats Are ‘Being Slippery With Their Language,’ ‘Misleading,’ There Is No 60 Vote ‘Standard’ For Supreme Court Nominees

‘Democrats Are Being Slippery With Their Language’ “A confirmation vote for a Supreme Court nominee requires only a simple majority, or 51 votes.” (“Sanders On SCOTUS Filibuster,, 2/6/17)

“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.” (“Senate Democrats’ Misleading Language On A 60-Vote ‘Standard’ For Supreme Court Nominees,” The Washington Post’s Fact Checker, 2/2/17)
“Two of the justices on the Supreme Court failed to meet a ‘standard’ claimed by Democrats.” (“Senate Democrats’ Misleading Language On A 60-Vote ‘Standard’ For Supreme Court Nominees,” The Washington Post’s Fact Checker, 2/2/17)
FALSE: ‘The Senate Must Insist Upon 60-Votes For Any Supreme Court Nominee’
SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): “The Senate must insist upon 60-votes for any Supreme Court nominee, a bar that was met by each of President Obama’s nominees.” (Sen. Schumer, Press Release, 1/31/17)
  • SCHUMER: “Nominees to our nation’s highest court must demonstrate that they are mainstream and independent enough to earn the support of at least 60 senators from both parties.” (Sen. Schumer, Op-Ed, Politico, 2/7/17)
SEN. DICK DURBIN (D-IL): “…Neil Gorsuch. He should have a hearing and he should meet the voting standard that Supreme Court nominees are held to of 60 votes. A standard that was met by Elena Kagan as well as Sonya Sotomayor, President Obama's choices.” (MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” 2/1/2017)

FACT: Neither Sonia Sotomayor Nor Elena Kagan Required Any Sort Of ‘60-Vote’ Threshold

No Democrats currently serving in the Senate have ever insisted that a Democrat President’s SCOTUS nominee meet a 60-vote standard. “…that was not the case for the two Supreme Court justices nominated by Obama and approved by the Senate. Both were confirmed in the 111th Congress, when the Democrats controlled the Senate: Sonia Sotomayor on Aug. 6, 2009, and Elena Kagan on Aug. 5, 2010.” (“Sanders On SCOTUS Filibuster,, 2/6/17) The nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States did not require 60 votes. (PN506 Sonia Sotomayor, Roll Call Vote #262, 8/6/2009)
  • Mr. REID: "Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that tomorrow, Thursday, August 6, at 10 a.m., the Senate proceed to executive session to resume consideration of Executive Calendar No. 309, the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and that the time until 2 p.m. be divided equally in alternating 1-hour blocks with the Republicans controlling the first hour; that at 2 p.m. the time be divided 15 minutes each as follows: Senator SESSIONS, Senator LEAHY, Senator MCCONNELL and Senator REID, in that order; that at 3 p.m., without further intervening action or debate, the Senate proceed to vote on confirmation of the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor; that upon confirmation, the motion to reconsider be laid upon the table, no further motions be in order, the President be immediately notified of the Senate’s action, and the Senate then resume legislative session. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered.” (U.S. Senate, Congressional Record, S.8887, 8/5/2009)
The nomination of Elena Kagan to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States did not require 60 votes. (PN1768 Elena Kagan, Roll Call Vote #229, 8/25/10)
  • Mr. LEAHY:  "Mr. President, I ask for the yeas and nays on the nomination of Elena Kagan to be an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Is there a sufficient second? There is a sufficient second. The question is, Will the Senate advise and consent to the nomination of Elena Kagan, of Massachusetts, to be an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court? The clerk will call the roll. The legislative clerk called the roll.” (U.S. Senate, Congressional Record, S.6830, 8/5/2010)

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Anonymous Bonnie Vaught said...

Liars lie. That is the Dem party.


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