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 UdallTensions rise over judicial nominees Dem senator wants to change nomination rules amid Garland fight Dem senators back Navajo lawsuit against EPA 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: Lawmakers call for criminal charges for Wells Fargo chief | Ryan sees recession without tax reform | Aide defends Trump Cuba deals Anti-trade senators say chamber would be crazy to pass TPP Democrats press Wells Fargo CEO for more answers on scandal 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 ReidNo GOP leaders attending Shimon Peres funeral Overnight Regulation: Feds finalize rule expanding sick leave Anti-trade senators say chamber would be crazy to pass TPP 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 CoatsDem groups invest big in Bayh in Ind. Senate race Indiana Senate race tightens as Republicans take on Bayh Conservative group targets Evan Bayh on ObamaCare 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 JohnsonElection-year politics: Senate Dems shun GOP vulnerables Grassley accuses Reid of 'pure unfiltered partisanship' California to allow experimental drug treatments for the terminally ill MORE (@SenRonJohnson) November 21, 2013
Roy BluntRoy BluntDem groups target Blunt with .3 million ad campaign The Trail 2016: Just a little kick Senate rivals gear up for debates 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 FlakeOvernight Finance: Lawmakers call for criminal charges for Wells Fargo chief | Ryan sees recession without tax reform | Aide defends Trump Cuba deals GOP senators press Treasury to withdraw estate tax proposal Obama defeat is Schumer victory 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 ScottGOP senator: Kaepernick protest 'a drastic mistake' GOP senators ask watchdog to examine Gitmo site surveys spending Funding bill rejected as shutdown nears MORE (@SenatorTimScott) November 21, 2013
Sen. Richard BurrRichard BurrDem groups invest big in Bayh in Ind. Senate race The Trail 2016: Fight night Poll finds races for president, Senate tight in North Carolina 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 McCainKerry: US 'on the verge' of suspending talks with Russia on Syria Trump, Clinton to headline Al Smith dinner Overnight Defense: Congress overrides Obama 9/11 veto | Pentagon breathes easy after funding deal | More troops heading to Iraq 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