If Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid goes forward with the nuclear option to change rules in order to bring about speedy confirmation of President Obamaâ€™s nominees, history will remember him negatively, a leading Republican senator said.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Mr. Reidâ€™s plan to change rules so that only a simple vote majority would be needed for the confirmation process is a stark switch from the present â€” and constitutional â€” role senators play in confirming nominees.
Currently, it takes 60 votes to end a filibuster of an executive branch nomination. Mr. Reid wants to lower that to 51.
â€œWhen they tell me that â€” the Republican I expect they would be least likely to want to tell that to â€” I know whatâ€™s going on here,â€ Mr. McConnell said. â€œSo this is really a sad, sad day for the United States Senate. And if we donâ€™t pull back from the brink here, my friend, the majority leader, is going to be remembered as the worst leader of the Senate ever.â€
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