It's Actually Done. Harry Reid Brings Sanity Back To The Senate

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Finally

After years of threats by the Democratic Senate members and deaf ears by the Republicans in that chamber that obstructionism will no longer be tolerated, the Senate voted today to change its rules to prevent the minority party from filibustering any nominations other than those nominated to the Supreme Court.

The change was approved after raised by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). It was voted on and we now have the famed “nuclear option,” which allows a change to Senate rules on votes on Presidential appointments by a simple majority vote.

The 52-48 vote dramatically changes the rules of the Senate and limits the minority party's ability to prevent confirmation of presidential nominees. The only three senators not to vote along party lines were Sens. Carl Levin (Mich.), Mark Pryor (Ark.) and Joe Manchin (W.Va.) all Democrats -- at least in declared party affiliation.

This passage will allow all three of President Obama's nominees to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to go forward, as well as his nomination of Rep. Mel Watt to lead a housing regulatory agency.

So, perhaps now the President can get up with his job, and the Senate can get on with theirs.

The Democrats, led by Leader Reid, wasted no time in getting the nomination approved of Patricia Millett to the US Circuit Court in the District of Columbia. One bench vacancy filled, another two to go. Shouldn't be long now.

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  • Chernynkaya

    Of course, I'm very glad. But as we know, the Dems should have gone nuclear years ago, but they were afraid that once they lost the majority in the Senate, as a minority Party they would not be able to obstruct the agenda of a Repub Prez.

    Couple of things ridiculous about that: 1) When Dubya was Prez they didn't obstruct, because they never do. They live in a mythical world were everybody is nice and plays fair. Dems are singularly ill-equipped to deal with evil.

    2) If they had reformed the filibuster once they saw the automatic obstruction to every piece of legislation that the voters wanted by electing Dems, then the Democratic Party could have pointed to an improved economy in 2010; they would have had an amazing record of achievement to put before voters on any number of issues. Thus, instead of worrying that they might be voted out, they demoralized many potential voters by allowing themselves to be tarred as a do-nothing Congress. They got blamed for the obstruction (unfairly) because all most people want is results. The Dems are partly to blame for enabling Repub obstruction, and the irony is, while fearing the time when they might be in the minority, they helped that become a possible reality.