Incensed by what they call unfair blocking of executive branch nominees, Senate Democratic leaders issued an ultimatum Thursday, with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid daring Republicans to keep up their objections and warning that he could change Senate rules to prohibit future nominee filibusters if necessary.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that he will move forward with procedural votes on seven Obama nominees, whom he says have been stonewalled by Republicans who simply dislike the federal agencies the nominees would be charged with leading.
“The reality is, if they’re [Republicans] not willing to be reasonable, we know where we’re headed,” he said of the possibility of modifying the filibuster rules, which he said a simple majority of 51 Democrats are prepared to do.
The threat of changing the Senate rules using a simple majority is what’s known in Senate as “the nuclear option.” Reid confirmed to reporters that Democrats have the votes to make that move.
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