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WATCH: Schumer says Trump should choose a new Supreme Court nominee

After signaling that he would resort to a “nuclear option” over the Gorsuch vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to speak from the floor once the Senate convenes at 3 p.m. ET today. PBS NewsHour will live stream his remarks.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer says President Donald Trump should choose a new nominee to the Supreme Court.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated that he will change Senate rules so that Trump’s nominee can be confirmed with a simple majority in the 100-seat chamber instead of the 60 votes now required.

Schumer made the comments Monday after Democrats secured the votes to block the nominee. He dismissed the idea that Republicans have no choice but to change the rules as “a premise that no one should swallow.”

Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin is the latest Democrat to announce that he will vote with Democrats to block Gorsuch’s nomination, bringing the total to 42.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Democrats’ planned filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is a “new low” but stopped short of saying he will change Senate rules to confirm him.

McConnell has said Gorsuch will be confirmed, and how that happens depends on what Democrats do.

Speaking on the Senate floor Monday, McConnell said: “It’s not too late for our Democratic colleagues to make the right choice.”

A divided Senate panel is backing Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

The Judiciary Committee voted 11-9 along party lines on Monday to favorably recommend Gorsuch to the full Senate. A confirmation vote is expected on Friday, but not before a partisan showdown over President Donald Trump’s choice.

WATCH LIVE: Senate panel to vote on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

— BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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