SENATE LIBERALS POWERLESS TO STOP TRUMP NOMINEES: 2013 RULE REDUCED FILIBUSTER THRESHOLD TO 51

Posted on December 6, 2016

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CNN: “Senate Democrats are eager to make Donald Trump pay a political price for nominating staunch conservatives to fill out his Cabinet, hoping to exact revenge for the GOP’s stubborn opposition to President Barack Obama’s nominees. But there is little they can do about it — and some top Democrats are now coming to regret it.”

That’s because Senate Democrats muscled through an unprecedented rules change in 2013 to weaken the power of the minority party to filibuster Cabinet-level appointees and most judicial nominees, now setting the threshold at 51 votes — rather than 60 — to overcome tactics aimed at derailing nominations.
With the Senate GOP poised to hold 52 seats next Congress, some Democrats now say they should have thought twice before making the rules change — known on Capitol Hill as the “nuclear option.” …
With their power weakened, Democrats are weighing how to make life difficult for the Senate GOP
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WT: “It’s unlikely Mr. Reid had a President Trump in mind when he pulled the so-called “nuclear option” trigger three years ago, changing Senate rules to eviscerate the use of a filibuster to block presidential nominees.
Set up to help President Obama’s picks overcome GOP opposition, those same rules now will clear the path for Sen. Jeff Sessions to become the new attorney general, Rep. Tom Price to head Health and Human Services and two billionaires to lead the Treasury and Commerce departments.
Liberal interest groups are pleading with Democrats to fight the nominees, even though there’s not a lot they can do without the filibuster and against a unified GOP
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The election may be over but it continues to tell us more about the liberals.

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CNN: Senate Dems, powerless to stop Trump nominees, regret ‘nuclear option’ power play
WT: Harry Reid’s ‘nuclear option’ clears path for Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees

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