Harry Reid Threatens Nuclear Option against Republican Filibusters
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has threatened to start using the Nuclear Option if Republicans keep filibustering judicial nominees.
On Nevada Public Radio, he announced:
“All within the sound of my voice, including my Democratic senators and the Republican senators who I serve with, should understand that we as a body have the power on any given day to change the rules with a simple majority, and I will do that if necessary.”
As you know, the Nuclear Option means (temporarily) squelching the filibuster. As a result, the president’s nominees have to be approved or disapproved by a simple majority vote. Majority rules — what a concept.
“I’m a very patient man... If the Republicans in the Senate don’t start approving some judges and don’t start helping get some of these nominations done, then we’re going to have to take more action.”
Too patient IMHO. The highly publicized filibuster “reform” last January was either nonexistent, or incomprehensible to anyone without a Ph.D. in Legalese. I hope Harry Reid actually carries out this threat. Enough is enough.
We are all affected by the huge backlog of federal court cases. This backlog is the result of dangerously understaffed courts, which are the result of almost every one of Obama’s judicial nominees being filibustered by Republicans.
Go Nuclear! Give ‘em Hell Harry. Tell those corporate GOP prostitutes to Make Your Day.