Democrats May Regret Transforming Senate with Nuclear Option
Especially when the GOP takes over next year.
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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.