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Senate goes Nuclear: What it means

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    The rule change eliminated the filibuster for Supreme Court picks, lowering the requirement to a simple majority vote. Republicans control the Senate, 52-48.

    The rule change eliminated the filibuster for Supreme Court picks, lowering the requirement to a simple majority vote. Republicans control the Senate, 52-48.

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

For the first time dealing with the Supreme Court, the United States Senate is using something called the "Nuclear Option".

It changes the number of votes needed to confirm a Supreme Court Nominee.

Republicans are using it because democrats have voted to block the nomination of Judge Neil Gorusch, the President's pick for the Supreme Court.

Dr. Barbara Norrander - professor with the University of Arizona explains the impact of the nuclear option around the country, and here at home.

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