Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid laid the groundwork Thursday morning for going “nuclear” and changing the Senate’s rules to end filibusters of executive branch nominees, saying that he’s changed his mind since the beginning of this year. Mr. Reid began the year pledging not to use the so-called “nuclear option” to change the chamber’s rules as part of an agreement with his Republican counterpart, Sen. Mitch McConnell. But on Thursday Mr. Reid said Mr. McConnell had broken his end of the agreement, which dissolves the bargain. “A deal is a deal, a contract is a contract, an arrangement is an arrangement , a bargain is a bargain, as long as each party to such an agreement holds up his end of the bargain,” Mr. Reid said in a floor speech Thursday morning.
Congress has become a joke no matter how you slice it.
Democrats pioneered filibusters of judicial nominations when they repeatedly blocked some of President George W. Bush’s picks to the federal courts.
At the time, Republicans themselves considered using the nuclear option, with Mr. McConnell then supporting the move. But the GOP was forced to back away from its threat when a bipartisan “Gang of 14” emerged as arbiters of nominations.
That truce stood for several years, but now Democrats say Republicans have taken filibusters of nominees to a new extreme by trying to block major Cabinet nominees and judges.