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Old 12 July 2018, 07:18 PM
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How does that in any way compel him to refuse the appointment?

If there had been such a rule, Garland would presumably have been voted down. Democrats did not have a majority. If a vote had been forced, do you think they would have hesitated to vote Garland down on the same principle? All a rule forcing a vote would do is remove the ability to filibuster/defeat a cloture vote. That's already been reduced to a majority vote now, so there's really no point in requiring a vote, is there?
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