- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 5, 2017

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) - Maine Sen. Susan Collins says there is no reason for Democrats to filibuster Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, and she believes negotiations between the parties have stalled.

Collins, a moderate Republican, has come out in favor of confirming Gorsuch, and criticized Democrats for holding up the process. Demonstrators on Wednesday called for Collins to oppose a rule change that would allow the Senate to confirm Gorsuch with less than 60 votes.

The demonstrators say they oppose the use of the “nuclear option” to confirm Gorsuch. Collins has not said if she supports it. A spokeswoman for Collins says the senator has had “countless conversations” with Democrats, but negotiations are at impasse.

Maine’s other U.S. senator is Angus King, who is an independent who caucuses with Democrats. He opposes Gorsuch’s confirmation.

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