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This story has been updated to include a comment from Sen. McConnell's office. So what's happened since then? Two things
Republicans have been fuming ever since Democrats changed the Senate rules to require only a simple majority, instead of
The Senate invoked a constitutional option -- not a "nuclear" one -- to end the 60-vote threshold required to end confirmation filibusters. The Senate action is a return to the constitutional governance of the Framers' design -- there is nothing "nuclear" about simple-majority votes.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pulled the trigger Thursday, deploying a parliamentary procedure dubbed the "nuclear option" to change Senate rules to pass most executive and judicial nominees by a simple majority vote.
But Merkley disagreed, arguing the reform is "about clearing the decks of the Senate so we can actually spend time on legislation
Whether Reid has the votes to actually move forward with rules reform is another question entirely. According to aides, the
It's still not clear if Reid has the 51 votes to make the change, but it certainly looks close. There are 55 Democrats in
"The administration was immediately on board" with the NLRB solution, said a senior Senate aide involved in the negotiations
Reid dismissed the idea that he would be open to a deal with Republicans that would move only some of those nominees this
"We need to start talking to each other instead of at each other," McConnell said. It's not clear a conversation would produce