Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin said the top Republican in the Senate made the Supreme Court nomination process "much more partisan."

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) changed the Senate rules in 2017 to allow for a simple majority to confirm a Supreme Court justice.

McConnell modeled the move after how his Democratic predecessor, then-Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, changed the rules in 2013 to get rid of the filibuster for all nominations except to the Supreme Court.


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"The change that Senator McConnell made to the rules on the Supreme Court really caused us to be much more partisan in this," Cardin, who is seeking reelection this year, said.

Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace pushed back, noting that Reid had made such a change first.

Cardin (D) later said that America needs a president "who will consult with Congress and the U.S. Senate" before making a nomination, instead of polling outside groups like the Federalist Society.

Cardin said Kavanaugh's confirmation puts at risk "the progress we've made on health care issues, on women's Constitutional rights, and on protecting the Mueller investigation."

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