Harry Reid’s Nuclear Option: Will the Filibuster Survive?
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The filibuster, Senator Rand Paul’s (R–KY) tool when he stood 13 hours on the Senate floor in opposition to John Brennan’s confirmation as CIA Director, is under attack.
The Democrat-controlled Senate, led by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV), is considering unprecedented changes to the filibuster—exercising the so-called “nuclear option”—in order to push through votes on President Obama’s nominees for Cabinet positions and agency posts.
This would change the procedure of the Senate. Under Senate rules, the filibuster gives Senators unlimited floor time until three-fifths of the Senate votes to invoke cloture and end the debate.
Reid’s nuclear option instead allows a simple majority vote for confirmation. This bodes well for the majority, but not necessarily the Senate.