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Reid Pushes 'Nuclear Option' to Change Senate Rules - Vote Tonight

New York Times:

WASHINGTON — Senator Harry Reid of Nevada took a defiant and uncompromising stand on Monday ahead of a closed-door meeting of the Senate, saying that pushing through a rules change to end filibusters of executive branch nominations would “save the Senate from becoming obsolete.”

“This is a moment in history where circumstances dictate the need for change,” Mr. Reid, the majority leader, said in a speech at the liberal Center for American Progress. He suggested that there was only one way for Republicans to avoid the rules change: give Democrats a straight up-or-down vote on all seven of President Obama’s nominations that are in question and stop filibustering executive nominations going forward.

“I love the Senate, but right now the Senate is broken and needs to be fixed,” he said.

All 100 senators are scheduled to cloister at 6 p.m. Monday in the ornate Old Senate Chamber, doors closed, to hash over Democratic plans to change the Senate’s rules with a simple majority motion as early as Tuesday morning. Mr. Reid’s position could be a bluff. Conversely, a small group of Democratic and Republican senators might yet emerge with a compromise to thwart his plans.

But signals on Monday pointed to the “nuclear option” — that rather than the 67 votes usually needed to change the Senate rules, Democrats would do it with 51, a move that could in the short run eviscerate what comity is left in the chamber, and over the longer term could fundamentally change the institution.


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Wouldn't you think it be required that 67 votes would be needed to change the rules to 51 votes?? Who made Harry Reid dictator with power to single handed lay change the rules?

call your senators


"Government is not reason; it is not eloquence. It is force. And force, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." George Washington

for those who want to take action

"I would never, ever consider breaking the rules to change the rules. I never suggested that at all. I say to my friend, I want to work something out. I repeat that for probably the fifth time here today, but in the process we cannot give up the basic rights this country and this Senate have had for more than 200 years." - Sen. Reid, Congressional Record, S.4242, 4/26/05

ALERT: Stop Harry Reid from breaking the rules, using the 'nuclear option' to kill the GOP filibuster! Blast Faxes to Congress! Demand they protect the filibuster from Harry Reid!

American Conservative,

Majority Leader Harry Reid is moving to kill the GOP's filibuster power... despite the fact that he made an agreement with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to the contrary earlier this year.

In short, Reid wants to kill the Minority Party's filibuster power by breaking the rules; he wants to disarm the Republicans of their filibuster by a vote of 51, rather than change the rules through the standard 2/3 majority vote.

We must make sure that we are contacting Senators right now and demanding that they refuse to "break the rules to change the rules" and keep the filibuster intact.

As Reid is set up to destroy the filibuster tomorrow during the Senate's votes on Obama's executive nominations, we must make sure that we are moving today - especially before the all-Senators meeting tonight. We must tell Senators to refuse to go along with Reid's rule-breaking.

We must tell Senators to refuse to go along with Reid's rule-breaking.

Take Action! Blast Faxes to Senators and tell them to STOP Harry Reid from going Nuclear! The Senate must not break the rules to change the rules!

Reid Readies Nuclear Option

Late last week, Majority Leader Harry Reid set things in place to invoke the nuclear option and disarm all GOP opposition to Obama's executive appointments.

With Reid having filed cloture on seven of Obama's nominees on Thursday, the Senate will vote to close the debate on each of the seven tomorrow. Once cloture is invoked by a 2/3 majority, the up-or-down vote follows - this second vote requiring only a simple majority.

This said, each executive nominee's confirmation rests largely on whether or not the Senate agrees to finish debating them - if cloture fails the nominee is blocked; if cloture is agreed to, the nominees are effectively confirmed.

With Republicans having reservations about the constitutionality of two of the seven nominees - NRLB members Richard Griffin and Sharon Block, both currently serving illegally - Reid is afraid that GOP Senators will filibuster their nominations and block their confirmations. (Something that Republicans are right to do.)

To "solve" this, Harry Reid wants to break the Senate rules, invoke the nuclear option, and strip the GOP of their right to filibuster by a vote of 51.

Harry Reid's rule-breaking must be stopped. We need to rally the Senate and demand that members refuse to go along with Harry Reid's "nuclear" attack on the minority's filibuster -

Take Action! Blast Faxes to Senators and tell them to STOP Harry Reid from going Nuclear! The Senate must not break the rules to change the rules!

Reid's Animal Farm

If we don't act, Majority Leader Reid will successfully turn the U.S. Senate - the world's most open chamber for free discussion - into his very own "Animal Farm."

Just like Napoleon in Orwell's famous novel, Harry Reid wants to run different rules for different groups; and he will if he is allowed to.

While Reid filed cloture for the seven Democrat nominees, he refused to do the same for the two Republican nominees when asked by Minority Leader McConnell.

That's right; just as Reid threatens to strip the GOP of the filibuster unless they "play nice" and consent to the Democrat nominees, he also refuses to allow their picks to even take a vote.

Seeing that a Democrat in the Texas State Legislature just made a name for herself by filibustering a popular pro-life bill, it is a disgusting fact that Harry Reid wants to break the rules and prevent the Senate minority from exercising their rightful parliamentary power.

We need to make sure that Reid's rule-breaking scheme never materializes. We need to make phone calls, send petitions, and blast faxes to every U.S. Senator right away and demand that they stop Harry Reid from turning the Senate into an Animal Farm!

Senators must refuse to rule-break with Harry Reid!

Take Action! Blast Faxes to Senators and tell them to STOP Harry Reid from going Nuclear! The Senate must not break the rules to change the rules!

bigmikedude's picture

Hey! Nevada! Wake Up!

You learned anything yet about voting for Harry Reid?

Or will you go stupid again next round?

I'm putting my money on


"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

hey America wake up!


Stand With The Libertarian Party 2016
End The Coruption

bigmikedude's picture

You mean the Libertarian Party that

nominated CIA Bob Barr? The same guy that also disrespected Ron Paul at every opportunity?

Sorry Matt but, no thanks. The LP is going to take a few decades to be trustworthy again in my mind. They pretty much committed the cardinal sins of their own party by ever even considering that option and letting their guy bash Paul, let alone allowing all of that to actually happen.

Especially after all the spying coming to light recently - A 'supposed' "ex-CIA" guy? As the "Libertarian" candidate?

No excuse in the world is going to bury that steaming pile of major mistake on the LP's part.

I can't trust that party at all now. Now I think the whole party is a "just in case" plan B for the same problematic parties we have already.

Slow infiltration of the current leading parties is the better answer and a much safer bet.

Na big Mike you rather stand with a Party...

That covered up 911, voted for more war, the patriot act, NDAA 2012 13, spend money like drunk sailors, defend the federal reserve, bail out the car industries , bailed out out banks, and treats our rule of law like shit. I would real proud if I were you too be a Nazi Republican!

You don't get it

You are allowing that party to stand because you won't get in and fight for the POWER that party has that can change things.

As it is.. YOU and every lobertarian avoiding the Liberty Caucus in the GOP is helping those by stying out of their way.

Bob bigot Barr is a piece of crap.

Can you send me a link of the scandal you accuse the lp of. I tried to Google it and came up with nothing. I would spend more time on it but I am spending it for the cause of liberty and fighting the Gop's Nazi force on the people

This type of maneuver will render the Senate nearly as...

ineffectual as the House and will ultimately impart more power to the executive branch.