Senate Makes Landmark Change to Filibuster Rules

Friday, November 22, 2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) hold a news conference on Capitol Hill, November 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty)

In one of the most fundamental changes to Senate policy in decades, the Senate ruled on Thursday to end the use of the filibuster against the majority of presidential nominees.

“Enough is enough," said President Barack Obama yesterday in remarks to reporters. "The American people's business is far too important to keep falling prey day after day to Washington politics.”

In the five years President Obama has been in office, the GOP has filibustered more than 30 of his nominees, compared to just 20 over the previous six decades. In the history of the United States, 168 nominees have been filibustered—with 82 occurring during the Obama administration. About 23 district court nominees have been filibustered in the history of the United States, with 20 being President Obama's nominees.

But Senate Republicans find the controversial rules change, known as the "nuclear option" to be a dangerous breech of Senate procedure, and are especially critical of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who drove the change.

Joining The Takeaway to weigh in on how this move will impact an already polarized Congress is Vin Weber, a former Republican Congressman for Minnesota from 1980-1993 and now co-chairman and partner at the lobbying firm Mercury/Clark & Weinstock.


Vin Weber

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Ellen Frankman


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Comments [1]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

First he put me to sleep and then he shook me awake.

I thought Vin Weber was filibustering "The Takeaway." I spaced out while he went on and on in cliched terms about the good ole Reagan days and whatever jargon he was saying... about "it would have been a bad deal", "the polarization of congress would have been complete," "Poisoned relationship..."and then he later says,"I don't want to get to theoretical with you"..."hahaha.
I had no idea what this politician was talking about. he was a pro... till the end...
Finally, his takeaway was,"It will be good for Republicans if they can take over the house in order to end obamacare."

Nov. 22 2013 01:35 PM

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