Skip to comments.Democrats shoot down rules change, leaving GOP eyeing 'nuclear option'
Posted on 04/02/2019 2:36:56 PM PDT by jazusamo
Democrats blocked a GOP effort Tuesday to change Senate rules and speed up confirmation of most of President Trumps nominees, leaving Republicans with few options other than a nuclear confrontation.
The rules change has become a major test of political wills, with Republicans saying Democrats are treating Mr. Trump unfairly compared to past presidents. Democrats counter that Mr. Trumps picks are so bad that they deserve the obstruction.
Tuesdays vote was 51-48, leaving the GOP well shy of the 60 needed to overcome Democrats filibuster.
In the wake of the vote, Republicans seemed resigned to going nuclear.
This needs to stop, Democrats know it needs to stop. We intend to stop this abuse of the rules this week, said Sen. Roy Blunt, chairman of the Rules Committee.
The GOP is eyeing whats become known as the nuclear option, which uses a shortcut method to change the understanding of Senate rules.
In this case, the change would effectively cut the maximum debate time available on most presidential nominees from 30 hours to two hours.
Its similar to a change Democrats orchestrated in 2013 for President Obamas nominees. But with Mr. Trump now in office, Democrats say theyre no longer eager to give up their chance to erect roadblocks.
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Nuclear option is obsolete. There’s no point in honoring the rule when Democrats take over the Senate, they will go nuclear on everything.
Collinth and murkowski join the libs again?
They should do this immediately and then Remove ALL Democrats from every committee, allow them only 1 member per committee, Tip Oneill would approve.
Hard to imagine they expected a different result than they got. All done for show, apparently. Just killing time and wasting money. That’s all the Senate seems to do.
Don’t ask me why but this is the process they have to go thru to change a rule by a simple majority vote.
Go nuclear. Ram em all down the Donkeys throats in short order.
they damm well better get a move on with these appointments NOW!
its been over 2 years of....Dimocrappic stalling, obstructionism, and impeding the work of the Senate
some approvals got through, thankfully, but only a fraction of what’s needed
Eventually needs to turn into NOW.
Many thing need to be turned into NOW.
Yes, how long and how many senators does it take to make a decision so they can take a vote and move on? Seems like they are instead running out the clock.
Mike Lee was the only Repub to vote with the Dems.
Kamala Harris didn’t vote.
51 Americans voted for... So, the usual suspects (GOPe commies) voted no?
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Just Mike Lee, see post #13.
was it the Dems or the RINOS, led by Bishop Romney
and the other foreign run agents.
The Pubes are cowards for not ramming every nomination through with a simple majority. Why are we stuck with wimpy little Pube cowards!?
For those who want to see what the Marxist RATs have planned for the entire country. Just watch a few minutes of this video. Seattle Is Dying Share with every Liberal you, unfortunately, know.
Mike Lee is on a personal glorification train. Let’s hope his SC dreams never materialize.
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