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What You Should Know About Sen. Jeff Merkley’s Filibuster

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The Washington Post

While you slept, for the past 12 hours and counting, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) has seized the Senate floor in an attempt to launch an old-school filibuster to block Judge Neil Gorsuch from getting on the Supreme Court.

But his filibuster comes too late to be able to derail or even delay Gorsuch’s confirmation. In fact, it may not even technically be a filibuster. That’s because procedurally there’s nothing he nor his colleagues can do to stop Gorsuch from getting a vote on Thursday to advance his nomination — and, ultimately, not much they can do stop him from getting on the court.

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