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GOP unlikely to change Harry Reid’s new filibuster rules

December 3, 2014

Nuclear1-348x196 You may remember that not all that long ago Harry Reid invoked what was called the “nuclear option” when the Republicans were in control of the Senate to change the filibuster rules on some Presidential nominees. This change meant that some nominees would only need a simple majority of 50 votes instead of a 60 vote super-majority.

  According to this Politico article the Republicans are in the process of finalizing their Senate rules for when they take the majority in January and it is unlikely they will change the filibuster rules back to the way they were before Harry Reid changed them.

  Here is more:

GOP senators were outraged at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for invoking the “nuclear option” last year, calling his push to weaken the filibuster on presidential nominees a destructive and heavy-handed move with far-reaching consequences.

But now that Republicans are about to take control of the Senate, they seem unlikely to reverse it.

As they begin to plan their opening steps in the new majority, a growing number of Republican senators are expressing deep reservations about changing Senate rules back to the old system in which 60 votes were needed to overcome filibusters on presidential nominees. Instead, a number of senior GOP senators like Orrin Hatch of Utah and even junior Republicans like Ted Cruz of Texas are signaling privately and publicly that they want to stay at the 50-vote threshold set by Reid’s Democratic Senate majority.

  Did you notice the way Politico is trying to paint the Republicans as hypocrites for this potential decision? I thought so…

  However in this obvious hit piece Politico is ignoring three things here. First: they are ignoring the Democrats’ hypocrisy on this issue for when they were in the majority they said things such as this.

“What they are attempting to do in this instance is really too bad. It will change this body forever. We will be an extension of the House of Representatives, where a simple majority there can determine everything.”

  That was Harry Reid in 2005. And more from Harry Reid in 2005:

“You should not be able to come in here and change willy-nilly a rule of the Senate,” Reid said on the Senate floor in May 2005.

  Then-Senator Barack Obama was also opposed to the “nuclear option.”

  Second: Politico is ignoring the fact that after he invoked the “nuclear option” Harry Reid basically declared that the Republicans should not be concerned because the same rules will apply to them when they are in the majority.

  And third: Politico is ignoring the fact that this will still make it easier for Barack Obama to get his appointees confirmed even with the Republicans in control of the Senate. It will not be easy, but it would be impossible if the Republicans did change the filibuster rule back to a 60 vote super-majority.

  My question is this: what are the chances Harry Reid, in his last act as Majority Leader, uses the lame-duck session to change the rule once again?

  If he does just watch the sparks fly if the Republicans vote to go back to the 50 vote simple majority, there is clearly a double standard as far as media coverage is concerned, but I did not need to tell you that…

9 Comments leave one →
  1. December 3, 2014 10:25 pm

    As disappointing as this may be, it is not of any surprise. I would not be surprised once we are post-Obama, the Republicans will expand it to include other uses.

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 4, 2014 6:38 am

      I would not doubt that at all. This is something that should not have been tampered with but now that it has been I would not be surprised to see it expanded to most everything else before all is said and done.


  2. December 3, 2014 10:47 pm

    Well at least Reid was able to get a couple of idiot Ambassadors through via the Nuclear option. Hungary must be thrilled to get a Soap Opera magnet.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. December 3, 2014 11:18 pm

    Things like this keep bring to mind some verses of truth: ‘They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.’ Romans 3:12
    ‘And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.’ Genesis 6:5 This was the mindset before the GREAT FLOOD! Kind of puts it into perspective where it’s heading!

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 4, 2014 6:41 am

      They keep grabbing power and they are motivated by their own selfish ways. Sooner or later there will be a crash.


  4. Petermc3 permalink
    December 3, 2014 11:28 pm

    The next great flood is soon due at our southern border. I’m surprised Nostradamus missed this one.

    Liked by 1 person

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