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Thursday, November 21, 2013

US Senate Goes "Nuclear," Changes Filibuster Rules for Nominees

Posted by Goldy on Thu, Nov 21, 2013 at 1:29 PM

About fucking time:

The Senate has voted to change its rules so that a simple majority is required to confirm judicial nominations and executive branch picks — the so-called “nuclear option.”

The final vote was 52-48.

“The threshold for cloture on nominations not including the Supreme Court, is now a majority,” Sen Pat Leahy (D-Vt.), the president pro temp, declared after the vote.

Yeah, at the moment people are still calling it the "nuclear option." But it will eventually come to be known as "the Reid Rule."

And before all you Republicans start crying about the Democrats disposing of a couple centuries of tradition, look in the fucking mirror. The filibuster used to be a last resort. But you guys just had to be total dicks about it. Just be thankful Dems didn't eliminate the filibuster for everything.

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