Photo by: The Associated Press Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. The Senate is nearing a potential showdown on curbing the power that the Republican minority has to block President Barack Obama’s nominations, as Democrats edge toward muscling a rewrite of filibuster rules through the chamber. Reid was expected to force a vote as soon as Thursday on requiring only 51 votes to end filibusters, or delaying tactics, against nominees for high-level judgeships and agency officials. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and nem to GOP OBSTRUCTIONISM:
The Democratic-controlled Senate today voted to invoke the so-called nuclear option out of frustration over Republicans who have been blocking President Barack Obama’s nominees.
The controversial move is a rules change that could make a partisan environment even more divisive because it takes away the right for the Senate’s minority party to filibuster.
Under the old rules it took 60 votes to break a filibuster. The change now allows most filibusters of Obama nominees to be stopped with 51 votes — a simple Senate majority.
The Senate on Thursday struck down the long-standing filibuster rules for most presidential nominations, voting along party lines to alter nearly 225 years of precedent. The so-called “nuclear option” allows for swift confirmation of executive branch nominees and most selections for the federal judiciary without having to clear a 60-vote hurdle.
“It’s time to change the Senate, before this institution becomes obsolete,” he said.
His Republican counterpart, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, accused Democrats of exercising raw power, and said they would regret it when political fortunes switched.
OH NOEZ! it’s a POWER GRAB! WHATEVS, FOLKS. 2014’s going to be a barn-burner. We need to take the HOUSE, MAINTAIN & ADD to SENATE.