The Senate's record-breaking gridlock under Trump

With Senate leaders gutting the chamber’s supermajority requirement for nominees, delaying an eventual confirmation is now the only tool the Senate minority has to fight nominees they oppose. Any one senator can do it, and there’s enormous political pressure from the opposition party to resist nominees of a sitting president — especially a controversial figure like Trump.

Democrats say Trump’s nominees are different: Partisan, unqualified and worth fighting. If they go easy on Trump’s executive branch appointments, it would give Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) more floor time to confirm judges. And the party’s base has no interest in seeing Senate Democrats bend: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) was criticized in the past for cutting deals to quickly confirm Trump’s nominees.

During Trump’s presidency, McConnell and the Senate GOP have held time-sapping roll call votes to break a filibuster and end debate on nominees a whopping 314 times, according to Senate tallies. All previous presidents combined faced 244 roll call votes to advance nominees over a filibuster.