In a shocking development Thursday evening, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) triggered a rarely used procedural option informally called the “nuclear option” to change the Senate rules.Update: ‘I Pray To God’ Democrats Do Not Do This When We Have Power.--Joe Biden
Reid and 50 members of his caucus voted to change Senate rules unilaterally to prevent Republicans from forcing votes on uncomfortable amendments after the chamber has voted to move to final passage of a bill...
Republicans had considered using Reid’s maneuver, dubbed the “nuclear option,” in 2005 to change Senate rules to prohibit the filibuster of judicial nominees. Democrats decried the plan under consideration by then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) as a bomb that would decimate Senate traditions.
That crisis was resolved by a bipartisan agreement forged by 14 rank-and-file senators known as the Gang of 14.
Friday, October 07, 2011
The Lesson Is: Compromise With Democrats Doesn't Work
Remember the so-called nuclear option, which Senate Republicans threatened to use 6 years ago? This option, and those who suggested it, were derided as un-American, and a compromise saved the Republic. Fat lot of good that compromise did for Republicans: