We now know that it takes democrats six years to grow a spine. In an historic move today, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid invoked the “nuclear option” ending the GOP’s unprecedented use of the filibuster to halt President Obama’s executive nominees.
A memo from Senator Reid’s office stated, “The change made today guarantees that all judicial and executive branch nominees, except Supreme Court nominees, can be confirmed with simple up-or-down votes. This change will apply to all future presidents, Democrat or Republican.”
Majority Leader Reid opened the Senate’s business this morning saying, there had been “unbelievable, unprecedented obstruction” from Senate Republicans in blocking President Obama’s judicial nominees and cabinet appointments.
“Consistent and unprecedented obstruction by the Republican caucus has turned advise and consent into deny and obstruct. In addition to filibustering a nominee for Secretary of Defense for the first time in history, Senate Republicans also blocked a sitting member of Congress from an administration position for the first time since 1843.”
Democratic Senators Carl Levin, Joe Manchin and Mark Pryor voted against the rule change. No Republicans voted for the change.
Minority Leader Mitch McConnel (R-Turtle) unleashed a string of lies in his speech on the Senate floor, including that Senate Republicans have been “very, very fair” to President Obama.