By Alexander Bolton - 01/25/12 10:49 AM EST
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday night endorsed President Obama’s call to change Senate rules to ensure up-or-down votes on judicial and executive-branch nominees.
Obama requested the rules change during his State of the Union address.
Reid said it was a good idea but drew the line at guaranteeing all Supreme Court nominees simple majority votes for lifetime appointments.
“I think that’s terrific — a Democratic or Republican president, they should get that,” said Reid.
Reid said he would be willing to allow judicial and executive-branch nominees to win confirmation with only 51 votes.
“I would be happy to do it with any number of votes,” he said.
“I don’t think [for] Supreme Court,” he added.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a member of the Judiciary Committee, also endorsed the proposal.
“I’m all for it. In 90 days. Absolutely,” she said.