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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

That’s why Republicans can’t steal from President Biden’s nomination for the Supreme Court.

While Democrats failed to stop Senate filibusters last week to pass new voting rights laws, they don’t need to change any rules to stop Republican filibusters against a Supreme Court nominee—the changes have already been made.

Starting in 2013, warring Democrats and Republicans have introduced changes that essentially protect the Supreme Court nomination from filibusters, meaning Democrats won’t need to win the 60-vote supermajority normally needed to break one vote. and proceed to the final vote.

The first change came in 2013, when Democrats, cornered by Republican filibusters against President Barack Obama’s judiciary candidates, unilaterally changed the rules to allow a majority of executive branch candidates to bypass the filibuster attempt with a simple majority of 51 votes. Nominees for the Supreme Court were not included.

After the inauguration of Donald J. Trump in 2017, Republicans quickly moved to extend the filibuster exemption to Supreme Court candidates, clearing the way for Mr. Trump to fill three vacancies and leaving Democrats with no means to stop him.

The filibuster change that the senators debated last week was about legislation that is considered separate from nominations. Two Democrats, Senators Joe Manchin III of West Virginia and Kirsten Sinema of Arizona, joined all 50 Republicans opposed to the revision in stopping President Biden’s voting rights bill, which lacks the votes to overcome the GOP blockade.

When Republicans blocked Mr. Obama’s nomination of Merrick B. Garland to the Supreme Court in 2016, they didn’t need to use a filibuster because they had a majority in the Senate and simply refused to accept Mr. Garland’s nomination.

While Democrats don’t need to worry about Republicans using filibusters against an upcoming candidate, confirming victory is not a toss-up. With a 50-50 split in the Senate, Vice President Kamala Harris would be needed to reverse the tie, meaning Democrats would either have to keep all 50 of their members together or win Republican support. In addition, the illness or even death of one Democratic senator could deprive him of his majority and greatly complicate the confirmation process.

If Republicans regain control of the Senate in this year’s midterms, it’s possible they will block any nominations for Mr. Biden for the Supreme Court and try to wait for the 2024 election results.

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