By Ramsey Cox
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) tried Monday to confirm all executive and judicial nominations on the executive calendar — more than 70 of President Obama’s nominees.
Reid asked for unanimous consent to confirm them all, but Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) objected because he was still upset that the majority used the “nuclear option” to change the Senate filibuster rules.
Reid then filed cloture on just 10 of the nominees. Starting Wednesday, the Senate will likely spend the rest of the week voting on the nominee, which included Jeh Johnson to be Secretary of Homeland Security.
“How am I suppose to serve in the Senate when they change the rules?” Alexander said on the Senate floor.
Alexander argued that Republicans are simply trying to use their constitutional right of advise and consent on nominees and that Reid was simply trying to “manufacture a crisis.”
But Reid said that argument was “as flat as a bottle of beer that has been opened for three months.” Reid said Republicans broke their promise to block only nominees in “extraordinary circumstances.”
Republicans warned that Democrats would regret the change once they are in the minority.