It’s about time.
After years of Republican obstructionism, Senate Dem[ocrat]s have had enough.
The upper chamber of Congress voted on Thursday to deploy the so-called “nuclear option” to change the rules of the Senate. The move now clears the way for Obama’s judicial nominees who were being blocked by Republicans.
On a 48-52 vote, the Democrats voted to officially go nuclear. A “no” vote was a vote to change the rules.
Just three Democrats sided with the Republicans, including Sens. Carl Levin of Michigan, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Mark Pryor of Arkansas.
On the Senate floor, Reid said the “need for change is obvious,” pointing to the GOP’s pattern of filibustering on matters that should be routine, like green-lighting judges.
“In the history of the Republic, there have been 168 filibusters of executive and judicial nominations. Half of them have occurred during the Obama Administration – during the last four and a half years,” said Reid.
This should have been done four years ago.
President Obama had this to say about the Senators’ actions today:
A transcript of the President’s remarks follows the break.
Here is Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell arguing for the nuclear option way back in 2005 when he was Senate Majority Whip. Complete opposite of what he is saying today. What a difference a Democratic president makes.