Posted by Curt on 12 July, 2013 at 9:24 pm. 2 comments already!


Tony Lee:

If Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) grants Democrats their wish and uses the nuclear option next week, Democrats, along with the country, may face long-term blowback and unintended consequences. The fallout and chaos would fundamentally transform the world’s greatest deliberative body into a glorified version of the House.

Reid threatened to invoke the so-called nuclear option next week to ram through seven of President Barack Obama’s nominees, including Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Other nominees include those to the National Labor Relations Board.

The Senate requires a two-thirds majority to shut down debate to change the chamber’s rules. Reid would seek to change the rules with a simple 51-vote majority. He could then pass a rule that would end debate on executive-branch nominees with 51 votes instead of the traditional 60.

As has been reported, Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) agreed at the beginning of the 113th Congress that they would not change the Senate rules without “a supermajority as long as Republicans didn’t block the administration’s nominees unless there were ‘extraordinary circumstances.'”

On the Senate floor on Thursday, McConnell (R-KY) took Reid to task saying, “Democrats are gearing up today to make one of the most consequential changes to the United States Senate in the history of our nation. And I guarantee you, it is a decision that, if they actually go through with it, they will live to regret.”

“He’s going to be remembered as the worst leader of the Senate ever,” McConnell said, of Reid. “And it makes me sad… It’s a shame that we’ve come to this.”

McConnell added that the “nuclear option” would “violate every protection of minority rights that have defined the United States Senate for as long as anyone can remember.”

“Let me assure you: this Pandora’s Box, once opened, will be utilized again and again by future majorities — and it will make the meaningful consensus-building that has served our nation so well a relic of the past,” he warned.

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