Senate passes Nuclear Option for appointments!

creekguycreekguy Senior MemberPosts: 3,905 Senior Member
A simple majority will confirm appointments.

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pulled the trigger Thursday, deploying a parliamentary procedure dubbed the "nuclear option" to change Senate rules to pass most executive and judicial nominees by a simple majority vote.
The Senate voted 52 to 48 for the move, with just three Democrats declining to go along with the rarely used maneuver.
From now until the Senate passes a new rule, executive branch nominees and judges nominated for all courts except the Supreme Court will be able to pass off the floor and take their seats on the bench with the approval of a simple majority of senators. They will no longer have to jump the traditional hurdle of 60 votes, which has increasingly proven a barrier to confirmation during the Obama administration.

I guess it just adds to presidential power. Is that good or bad? Time will tell.

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  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 10,209 Senior Member
    That pendulum swings both ways.
  • HextallHextall Senior Member Posts: 9,520 Senior Member
    Buffco wrote: »
    That pendulum swings both ways.

    Too soon to joke about, man. Too soon.
  • ouzelproouzelpro Senior Member Posts: 5,361 Senior Member
    Buffco wrote: »
    That pendulum swings both ways.

    Cue French maid costume...
  • Honestly, I think it's about time. But why did Harry just put the tip in?
    Why just for certain nominations? Why not for the Supreme Court? Why not for bills?

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