Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) pulled an all-nighter Tuesday night into Wednesday morning to oppose Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, in which he stood on the Senate floor for 15-and-a-half hours to voice his discontent.
Merkley's protest began around 6:46 p.m. on Tuesday and wrapped up at 10:14 a.m. Wednesday morning.
He stood on the Senate floor next to an image of the preamble of the Constitution, vowing to stand there in protest for "as long I am able."
He was joined intermittently by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the minority whip.
Last year, Obama nominated Merrick Garland for the seat, vacant after Justice Antonin Scalia's death.
But Republicans refused to give Garland a hearing, blocking his nomination in the hopes a Republican president would nominate a replacement for Scalia.
Democrats have enough votes to filibuster Gorsuch's nomination — a move that happens when the Senate cannot scrounge together 60 votes to end debate on a nominee and proceed to an up-or-down vote.
That rule change would require just a simple majority to proceed. And since Republicans have a 52-48 majority, they would have a majority to move to confirm Gorsuch.
A full vote on Gorsuch is expected Friday — assuming Republicans can either convince Democrats to vote to proceed on Gorsuch or invoke the nuclear option.
April 5, 2017 10:18 a.m.: This article has been updated.