Articles Tagged 'nuclear option'

GOP to go ‘nuclear’ with rules change for Trump nominations

by Jordain Carney
April 3, 2019
Senate Republicans are planning to go “nuclear” on Wednesday with a rules change for hundreds of nominations, escalating a war with Democrats over President Trump’s… READ MORE

SENATE NUKED: Poised for Historic Clash Over SCOTUS Nominee Gorsuch

BREAKING: The Senate has voted to invoke the so-called “nuclear option,” paving the way for Republicans to break a Democratic filibuster of Supreme Court nominee… READ MORE

Harry Reid’s ‘nuclear option’ clears path for Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees

Democrats are increasingly antsy over the lineup President-elect Donald Trump has announced for his Cabinet, but they are also powerless to do very much to… READ MORE

Democrats end Senate tradition, trigger ‘nuclear option’ to ram through Obama’s judicial nominees

Senate Democrats triggered the “nuclear option” Thursday, using a shortcut to undercut the chamber’s filibuster rules and giving President Obama a clear path to stack the federal judiciary with ideological allies. In a tense 52-48 vote, Democrats overturned decades of precedent and reduced the number of votes needed to cut off the filibuster of a nominee from 60 to a… READ MORE

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… READ MORE

Republicans Complete A Gigantic Cave On The ‘Nuclear Option,’ And Obama Is The Big Winner


Senate Minority Leader John McCain. That’s how Democrats are gleefully spinning a significant cave from Republicans that avoided the drastic Senate rules change known as… READ MORE

Reid prepares to light fuse of ‘nuclear option’ in Senate

Declaring that the country faces a presidential nominations crisis, the Senate’s top Democrat vowed Sunday to press ahead with showdown votes this week that could end up rewriting Senate rules to power through President Obama’s team, but also threatens to end the comity that is essential to the chamber’s operations. Sen. Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, said he wants to tweak… READ MORE

Mitch McConnell: Harry Reid ‘worst leader of the Senate ever’


If Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid goes forward with the nuclear option to change rules in order to bring about speedy confirmation of President Obama’s… READ MORE

Harry Reid prepares Senate to go ‘nuclear,’ end nomination filibusters

Senate Democrats laid the groundwork Thursday to trigger the “nuclear option” against minority filibusters, setting up a dramatic Tuesday showdown in which Republicans either will have to accept seven of President Obama’s controversial appointments or watch as Democrats change the rules and end filibusters of executive branch nominees. The move would fundamentally alter the balance of power between the White… READ MORE

Vote for nuclear option in Senate would be extremely close

If Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) triggers the nuclear option to break the logjam of President Obama’s nominees, it would be a very close vote. At the start of the year, Reid did not have the votes to implement the talking filibuster reform, which would have required senators to actively hold the floor to stall action on legislation or… READ MORE

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