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Nuclear Option

Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid has used the “nuclear option” to change the Senate rules to unilaterally push through President Obama’s liberal appointees and judicial nominees, and undermined the Constitution to ram through his radical agenda. The Democrats are forced to use questionable tactics in order to approve Obama’s unqualified nominees. Using the nuclear option to change the approval process is undemocratic and hurts America's representation in Congress.


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The Hypocrisy Is Nuclear: Top Democrat Amnesia On The Nuclear Option

- November 21, 2013

In 2005, Then-Sen. Barack Obama Called For His Colleagues Considering The Nuclear Option To Think About “Protecting Free And Democratic Debate.” SEN. BARACK OBAMA: “Mr. President, I rise today to urge my colleagues to think about the implications of what has been called the nuclear option and what effect that might have on this Chamber and on this country. I urge all of us to think not just about winning every debate but about protecting free and democratic debate.”... Continue Reading »

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Hypocrite Harry Goes Nuclear

- July 12, 2013

Yesterday, Sen. Harry Reid Announced He Is Prepared To Execute The "Nuclear Option" As Early As Next Week If The Senate Does Not Agree To Force Through Seven Obama Nominees. "Reid filed cloture on a bloc of seven Obama nominees on Thursday afternoon, setting the stage for a potential vote on invoking the nuclear option on Tuesday. If Republicans continue to filibuster any or all of those presidential selections, the Nevada Democrat will force through his proposed rules change, he told reporters. Reid's nuclear option comes in two parts. It would require a simple majority to change Senate rules, rather than the 67 now needed. And it would mean that a filibuster on an executive-branch nominees could be ended with only 51 votes, rather than the 60-vote threshold now in place."... Continue Reading »

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They Said It Flashback!

- July 11, 2013

Sen. Harry Reid: "The Filibuster Is Far From A Procedural Gimmick. It's Part Of The Fabric Of This Institution … Senators Have Used The Filibuster To Stand Up To Popular Presidents, To Block Legislation, And, Yes, Even, As I've Stated, To Stall Executive Nominees." SEN. HARRY REID: "The filibuster is not a scheme and it certainly isn't new. The filibuster is far from a procedural gimmick. It's part of the fabric of this institution we call the Senate. It was well-known in colonial legislatures before we became a country, and it's an integral part of our country's 214-year history. The first filibuster in the United States Congress happened in 1790. It was used by lawmakers from Virginia and South Carolina who were trying to prevent Philadelphia from hosting the first Congress. Since then, the filibuster has been employed hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of times. It's been employed on legislative matters, it's been employed on procedural matters relating to the president's nominations for Cabinet and sub-Cabinet posts, and it's been used on judges for all those years. One scholar estimates that 20 percent of the judges nominated by presidents have fallen by the wayside, most of them as a result of filibusters. Senators have used the filibuster to stand up to popular presidents, to block legislation, and, yes, even, as I've stated, to stall executive nominees. The roots of the filibuster are found in the Constitution and in our own rules."... Continue Reading »

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