More than half of Senate Democrats already have come out against Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch — some planning to support a filibuster if it comes to that.
That means the Senate could be in for a showdown vote in early April.
With 52 Republicans and 48 Democrats in the chamber, the majority party needs eight Democrats to join them to break a filibuster (which takes 60 votes). All Republicans are expected to back the nominee. But if they can’t get to 60, they could deploy the so-called “nuclear option” to lower the threshold and push through to confirmation on a simple majority — a major change in Senate precedent.
So far, however, only two Democrats have come out indicating they would oppose a filibuster — Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.
Here’s where the rest stand, not including those who have taken no position:
Senators opposed to Gorsuch; supporting a filibuster:
1. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
2. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis.
3. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.
4. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del.
5. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.
6. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
7. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.
8. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.
9. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.
10. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H.
11. Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii
12. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.
13. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va.
14. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.
15. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.
16. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn.
17. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.
18. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich.
19. Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I.
20. Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt.
21. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.
22. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.
23. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.
24. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.
25. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.
26. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.
27. Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.
28. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass.
29. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M.
Senators opposed to Gorsuch; position on filibuster unclear:
1. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio
2. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md.
3. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on April 3. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-K.Y., said they plan to vote to confirm Gorsuch on the Senate floor on April 7.