Democrats largely cheered the Senate vote Thursday to limit filibusters while Republicans charged it was an attempt by Democrats to shift the focus away from ObamaCare.
Sen. Tom UdallTom UdallSurprise resignation threatens to hobble privacy watchdog Dem bill cracks down on payday lenders Menendez wants vote on ambassador to Mexico MORE (D-N.M.) said in a tweet “finally, we have reform."
Finally, we have reform-->"Under the precedent set by the Senate today, the threshold for cloture on nominations...is now a majority"— Tom Udall (@SenatorTomUdall) November 21, 2013
In a 52 to 48 vote Thursday, the Senate approved the “nuclear option,” which changes chamber rules, and lessens the minority party’s ability to filibuster presidential nominees.
Edging toward the end of the filibuster, Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleyOvernight Finance: Fed steady on rates; Dems rally behind retirement rule Overnight Finance: Puerto Rico pressure builds; Big tariff vote Wednesday Senate votes to increase wind energy funding MORE (D-Ore.) tweeted, will help the Senate function better.
Ending the abuse of the filibuster on nominations is a big step toward restoring the functionality of the Senate.— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) November 21, 2013
Some Democrats circulated a graphic based on data from the Congressional Research Service that said 168 presidential nominees have been blocked in U.S. history, 82 of which happened while President Obama was in the White House.
But a slew of Republicans argued Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidReid: GOP is the party of Trump Democrats race to link GOP incumbents to Trump Mellman: Give positive a chance MORE (D-Nev.) invoked the nuclear option to change the conversation.
Did Reid forget Bush’s judicial nominations he filibustered or is his nuclear option threat just a distraction from Obamacare’s failures?— Senator Dan CoatsDan CoatsYoung beats Stutzman in Indiana Senate GOP primary Ind. Senate candidate paid relative 0K for campaign work GOP blasts Obama for slow economic growth MORE (@SenDanCoats) November 21, 2013
Americans aren't distracted by Sen Reid’s power grab. We're still seeing health plans cancelled & error messages from http://t.co/nkI2Y330yS— Senator Ron JohnsonRon JohnsonThe Hill's 12:30 Report The Trail 2016: And then there was one GOP senator: I look forward to working with Trump MORE (@SenRonJohnson) November 21, 2013
Roy BluntRoy BluntOvernight Healthcare: Medicare fight looms on Capitol Hill Senate GOP hardening stance against emergency funding for Zika Senate Dems accuse GOP of walking away from Zika deal MORE (@RoyBlunt) November 21, 2013
Sad day in the Senate. Ignoring 225 years of precedent, largely to change the subject from Obamacare, is a bad move.— Jeff FlakeJeff FlakeMany Republicans uninterested in being Trump’s VP: report Senate confirms Obama's long-stalled ambassador to Mexico McCain fundraiser faces felony drug charges in Arizona MORE (@JeffFlake) November 21, 2013
Make no mistake- this is a fake crisis over judicial nominees to distract attention from the Obamacare disaster and consolidate power. -ogh— Senator Hatch Office (@SenOrrinHatch) November 21, 2013
Unprecedented power grab to try&shift attention from Obamacare brings implications Dems going to have to live w/when GOP retake the Senate— Tim ScottTim ScottAyotte alarmed by sped-up Gitmo reviews CBS News lands Sanders as WHCA dinner guest Department of labor overtime rule is a roadblock to a bright career path MORE (@SenatorTimScott) November 21, 2013
Sen. Richard BurrRichard BurrTrump plans visit to Capitol Hill The Trail 2016: And then there was one GOP senator: I look forward to working with Trump MORE (R-N.C.) said the Senate vote will threaten bipartisanship.
Unprecedented power grab by majority threatens bipartisanship, the Senate, the nation.— Richard Burr (@SenatorBurr) November 21, 2013
“There are no rules,” Sen. John McCainJohn McCainDole alone in not shunning GOP convention Trump plans visit to Capitol Hill McCain caught on tape: Trump hurts my chances for reelection MORE (R-Ariz.) tweeted, quoting the late Sen. Arthur Vandenberg (R-Mich.) in 1949, if a majority of the Senate can change the rules at any time.
As Senator Arthur Vandenberg said in 1949: If a majority of the Senate can change the rules at any time, "there are no rules" #nuclearoption— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) November 21, 2013
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.), chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, applauded the move in a tweet.
Kudos to my Senate colleagues on their vote. It's insane that nearly 1/2 the filibusters of nominees have been during Obama years.— D Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) November 21, 2013