Sessions: Reid opened ‘Pandora’s box’

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) accused Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) of opening “Pandora’s box” last week when he used the nuclear option to change Senate filibuster rules.

Last Thursday, 52 Democrats voted to change the rules by limiting the minority party’s right to filibuster presidential nominees. In the past, Democrats needed 60 votes to overcome GOP filibuster of a nominee, but with the rule change a simple majority can end debate on a nominee.

{mosads}“Have we entered a brave new world in which there are no rules, where a bare majority of Senators can change democratic procedure on a mere whim, and completely disregard any dissent?” Sessions said in an op-ed for National Review Saturday.


Sanders's bill targets fossil fuel tax breaks

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced a bill Thursday that would eliminate tax subsidies for the oil, gas and coal industries.

The End Polluter Welfare Act, S. 1762, would end $100 billion-worth of tax breaks for the industries over 10 years. 


McCain: ‘I’m angry’ about rule change

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Thursday that he would get over his anger with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for using the “nuclear option,” but he would be forever saddened by what the rule change would do to the institution. 


Levin: Senate is moving down ‘destructive path’

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said Thursday that the Senate moved down a “destructive path” Thursday after most Democrats voted to change filibuster rights on presidential nominees.

“Today we are once again moving down a destructive path,” Levin said on the Senate floor. “I support changing the rules to allow the president to get executive nominees in position … [but] pursuing the nuclear option removes an important check on majority overreach.”