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.
The Senate voted 51-42 Thursday to adjourn.
If the House passes S.Con.Res. 28 on Friday, the Senate will stand adjourned until Dec. 9.
Senate Republicans blocked Democrats from ending debate on the annual funding bill.
Alexander Bolton 11/21/13 02:20 PM EST
Reid triggered the vote to change filibuster rules on nominations.
Jeremy Herb 11/21/13 02:12 PM EST
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.”
We need to change filibuster rules on legislation, Sen. Tom Harkin said.
After voting to change the rules Thursday, Democratic senators advanced the nomination of Patricia Millett to serve on the D.C. Circuit Court.
Republicans had blocked her nomination earlier this year — as well as two other nominees to the second most important court. That prompted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to use the “nuclear option” to change the Senate rules with a simple majority Thursday.
The Senate minority leader warned Democrats they’d regret using the “nuclear option.”
Senate majority leader said he's committed to voting to strengthen Iran sanctions.