U.S. Senate leader says has enough votes to change rules, OK Gorsuch

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) walks to speak to reporters after the weekly Republican caucus policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday Republicans had enough votes to change Senate rules to get around a Democratic filibuster and approve Judge Neil Gorsuch for a Supreme Court seat, but that senators would be allowed to filibuster on legislation as long as he was leading the chamber.

McConnell told reporters he was confident there were enough votes to change the rules. "Either way we'll be moving toward confirming Judge Gorsuch on Friday," McConnell told reporters.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan; Writing by Washington Newsroom; Editing by Eric Walsh)