Reid readies for nuclear option

by Alexander Bolton, The Hill
November 21, 2013


The Senate is voting to change its rules to ensure majority votes on judicial and executive branch nominees.

The vote began Thursday afternoon after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday said he would trigger the “nuclear option” to change filibuster rules.

The change would prevent the minority party from forcing a 60-vote majority on anything other than nominations to the Supreme Court. It requires a majority vote for approval.

“It’s time to change the Senate before this institution becomes obsolete,” Reid said on the Senate floor.

“The American people believe Congress is broken. The American people believe the Senate is broken. And I agree.”

25 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Syanis says:

    Maybe if Dems started picking nominations based on qualifications for the job and a fair understanding rather then those who will only strictly secure the Dem side of whatever issue.

  • Dr Moon says:

    Yes and its crap like this that keep it broken. democrat Dictators think they own us all.

  • Tony Donaldson says:

    He’s making the stupidest move of his career. Let him. He’ll be sorry he ever woke the sleeping giant. He will be crushed under the onslaught. I hear him running already. He’s tripped on his tongue this time. What are they putting in the drinking water supplied to the senate? Stupid powder?

  • Parfie says:

    Lord, THIS RIGHT HERE, in the comments section is part of the problem..NOT the solution! Question, do you believe in LIBERTY, FREEDOM, FREE SPEECH, THE RIGHT TO GATHER, W/o permits? If you do, then we all MUST DECLARE IN ONE VOICE, that we want our Declaration of Independence back/enforced, that we want our Bill of Rights back, that we want our CONSTITUTION BACK! We the People must stand together, and with one voice, say that is what we want! Impeach Obama, Charge Obama, Clinton, holder, Biden for Crimes against humanity…. Get the FEDERAL RESERVE (Private bank) OUT OF GOVERNMENT! Can we ALL agree with that? If so, let’s do it!

  • junkmailbin says:

    a note to all your self righteous and religious bigots. Elections have results
    Now we have Obama and liberals actually taking over the country. The gay arab nominates the most radical people he can find for the bench and agencies and the Senate will rubber stamp the picks. We will have the judges around for about 30, 40, 50 years or more pushing the liberal progressive cause.
    Please tell me, is Obama that much better than Romney???
    Your freedom of religion and speech are now being taken as is your ability to communicate and move around. Gee thanks

  • Phillip_in_TX says:

    If Harry “Whore House” Reid is going to exercise the “Nuclear Option,” to bad he can’t do what Slim Pickens character did in Dr. Strange Love (ride the nuclear bomb all the way down into oblivion).

  • dad666 says:

    DIrty Harry must go and if he even tries this he should be censured and then removed.

  • gringott says:

    No reason for a Senate anymore. Get rid of it. Gives small state senators too much power. Or better, return the election of Senators to the State, not popular vote.

    1. Phillip_in_TX says:

      Amen to that! Repealing the 17th Amendment would go a long way to getting things fixed in Washington D.C. The States have not been represented there since 1913.

      1. Tony Donaldson says:

        Here, Here!

  • Michael Tedder says:

    they(the dems) needed to get Obama’s liberal court appointments(life long positions) thru now before they lose the senate,so the dem courts can block criminal and/or impeachments against these fools who have helped destroy the American way of life,economy,healthcare,military,etc.

    1. Tony Donaldson says:

      Those life long positions can be changed with an amendment to the constitution. TERM LIMITS FOR ALL. They must not believe in that diversity word they’re always throwing in our faces. Add into the amendment that no one over the age of 66 can remain a sitting judge. These people who sit there now are all university and college educated. That means a liberal professor at some time planted his or her seed of socialism and communism early in their adult life. I don’t trust any of them to make honest decisions that are for the people and not a political party. Activist Judges all.

  • Smeethow says:

    I hope he enjoys being in the minority after 2014.

    1. Phillip_in_TX says:

      And, beyond!

  • gadgetcoder says:

    The breakage will be cured once Harry Reid retires or dies…

  • Gary P. Haratsis says:

    And when the tables are turned, the Dems will cry foul!!! Harry, remember that your team will one day be removed from control, and the same rules will apply to you and your Dem friends! Hind sight is very eye opening!

  • catb55 says:

    So when R’s take over the Senate after next years election .. no whining Dems when they shut you out.

    1. gringott says:

      But they won’t. The RINO Mitch McConnell will give the power to his buddies on the left by allowing them to block any and everything. That way he stays blameless. “I tried, but they stopped me” all the time he was on the progressive side.

      1. Phillip_in_TX says:

        That’s why McConnell needs to be “shown the door” along with the rest of the RINO’s!

    2. bwtanker says:

      does’nt matter to the dems that it is illegal they just want total control and to me that goes against the oath they took.there has to be a way to stop this sh*t before they flat out ruin this contry for good

  • BlueViolets says:

    He best remember that any changes can and probably sneak up on him in the future and bite him in the behind. Be careful Harry what you wish for because you just might get it and you may not like the ultimate outcome of it.

  • antiliberalcryptonite says:

    I believe that Harry Reid is broken. And Pelousi, and 0blamer.

    1. big R says:

      if all three go over a cliff in a bus, it would be a good start in
      rescuing America from SOCIALISM!

    2. hora says:

      Not surprise, sure is broken, all dems are dead walking, but don’t won accept a true. Sound crazy my idea, but is a only way to permanent solution to all problems, First abolish a Dems Party and socialism-communist, doing a felony, ban a evil church, any one catch with any socialist idea fired that include Lawyer, judges, politician and political candidate. Any one citizen declare are liberals, simple cut off any benefit, and a most important point deported all illegals and cut off a contact with Mexican Gov, plus close a Border with Mexico.

  • antiliberalcryptonite says:

    I believe that Harry Reid is broken. And Pelousi, and 0blamer.

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