Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Addison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHillen's Morning Report – Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition – Trump to return to the campaign stage Democrats to move on from Green New Deal Trump says he wants campaign against the green new deal more (R-Ky.) filed a procedural motion Thursday to create a change to the rules of the senate next week, which will speed up the vote to confirm President Trump s nominated for federal district courts and sub-cabinet-level executive branch positions.
McConnell filed cloture – a proposal to abolish dilatory debate – on a proposal to move on to Senate Resolution 50, which would dramatically reduce the time Trump's nominees should spend on the floor and allow Republicans to confirm several of his elections.
The decision will reduce the amount of floor time that will elapse between when the senate votes to claim a lump on a candidate and when a final vote is held from 30 hours to 2 hours.
"I come to the floor to discuss the unprecedented obstacle that has been faced by President Trump's nominees for the last 26 months, and to count and enlighten that the Senate must do something about it," McConnell said on the floor.
McConnell's action Thursday puts a vote next week on what will be a permanent standing order to reduce the debate time of the court and the most executive branches. It takes 60 votes to pass.
The Senate Republicans say that if the Democrats stop the decision to get 60 votes, they will continue with the nuclear capabilities, a controversial tactic used to set a new Senate precedent and substantially rewrite the Senate rules by simple majority.
It is called the nuclear solution because it is seen as a drastic escalation of partisan war.
"The status quo is unsustainable for the Senate," McConnell said. "It is unfair for this president and future presidents of one of the parties. It can't stand … It won't stand."
The Republicans control 53 seats, while the Democrats hold 47 seats, which means McConnell has need at least 50 senators to vote for the nuclear solution, assuming that Vice President Mike Pence Michael (Mike) Richard PencePence aide says Trump will send a health plan to Congress & # 39; this year & # 39; Omar blasts Netanyahu to spend longer on her in AIPAC speech than on Pittsburgh shooting Man who vandalized more than 100 tombstones at Jewish cemetery in Missouri gets probation MORE will break a tie in his favor.
At least three Senate Republicans say, however, that they have not yet decided whether to vote for a change of rule by simple majority: Sens. Susan Collins Susan Margaret CollinsControversial Fed Pick Gains Supports GOP Senate MSNBC's Katy Tour Challenges Pence Aide on Health Care: Where's the Plan? GOP senators blindsided by Trump on ObamaCare MORE (R-Maine), Cory Gardner Cory Scott GardnerGOP senators blindsided by Trump on ObamaCare Marijuana bank account records momentum Pollster: Trumps 2016 victory gives hope to younger Dems missing political experience MORE (R-Colo.) and Lisa Murkowski Lisa Ann MurkowskiPollster: Trump's 2016 victory gives hope to younger Dems lacking political experience Red dresses appearing around American Indian Museum for to remember missing,
Collins and Gardner recruited next year in states that Hillary Clinton Hillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Hills Morning Report – Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition – Trump to return to the Trump campaign Russia would "much rather" have Clinton as President Booker: The person with the most votes should be President MORE  won in 2016.
Collins said she had not yet troubled bold a decision and met with her staff "to find out the details of it."
"It is my understanding that Sen. McConnell is trying to reach the minority leader in the question. So I want to see what the result is," she said.
Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer Charles (Chuck) Ellis Schumer & # 39; Dog-with-a-leg mentality will not help Democrats by 2020 Senate Dems Press White House for update on Puerto Rico recovery 4 in 5 Americans say they support net neutrality: poll MORE (DN.Y.) Has tried to negotiate an agreement with McConnell that would lower the afterglow time for most judicial and executive branches, but win concessions for the minority party, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.
Schumer has proposed to postpone the rules change to 2021, after the presidential election, or to limit the change to appointment association representatives at subordinate level, but to exclude district courts according to a source familiar with the negotiations.
The third proposal by Schumer would lower the word for judges and executive branches, but restore the Senate's so-called "blue slip" tradition, whereby both senators from a judge's homeland must give a green light before the nominee can continue, the source said.
However, McConnell has rejected all three offers.
A senate aide said Thursday afternoon "the negotiations are breaking down."
Jordain Carney contributed.