Senate goes nuclear

by Ryan Smith21 Nov 2013
They finally, really did it -- they blew it up.

The Democrat-controlled Senate today invoked the long-threatened “nuclear option,” effectively stripping Republicans of their ability to block President Obama’s nominees. Voting along party lines, the Senate reduced the number of votes needed to end procedural gridlock from 60 to 51, according to a Reuters report.

The change simply means that Republicans will no longer be able to filibuster presidential appointments, Reuters reported – it doesn’t apply to legislation.

But today’s vote changes the way the Senate has handled the confirmation process since the mid-19th century.

Obama praised the change, calling the filibuster “"a reckless and relentless tool to grind all business to a halt,” according to Reuters.

But Republican senators objected bitterly. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) insisted that the rule change was unnecessary, and Sen. Charles Grassley (R.-Iowa) called the maneuver “a naked power grab.”

Democrats will likely use their new power to clear the way for Rep. Mel Watt (D.-N.C.) to be confirmed as head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Although Watt has broad support from industry groups, Senate Republicans have been blocking his nomination.


  • by Bob Gillespie | 11/21/2013 2:39:13 PM

    It's about time that some sanity returns to The Senate. Majority Rule will eliminate the playground bully. Long way to go to reach 'The Voice of Reason', but a positive step taken today.

  • by John C Durham | 11/21/2013 2:43:52 PM

    Hardly a Nuclear option. More like clearing the logjam away to allow election results to quickly take effect. Can't believe the Democrats did something simple and effective. How unlike them to do that.

    It will be wonderful when the Republican and Democratic Parties both are replaced REAL republican and democratic parties, whatever the name of the parties might be.

    I suggest the Constitutional Democratic Party. Or, the Democratic Constitutional Republic Party. Anything along these lines. Just like the "ring" those words seem to have...

  • by Viva la Revolucion | 11/21/2013 2:46:29 PM

    Once again, earning it's nickname as the world's most shameful, deliberative body. Libs love to hide behind the constitution when it benefits them, and trample and disregard it when it doesn't. What comes around goes around, and when it does will the main stream media cover it the same? Sorry I even bothered to ask such a ridiculous question.


Is TILA-RESPA a good or bad thing long term?