Nuclear fallout: GOP vows no legislation will pass the Senate

Senate Republicans vow no other legislation will pass the Senate until after the next elections if Democrats trigger the "nuclear option" to change the chamber’s rules.

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Instead, Republicans say they will campaign against the Democrats’ “tyranny of the majority” in hopes of regaining control of the Senate in 2014, when 21 Democrats face reelection.

They are vowing to use their majority control to jam through a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, a repeal of the Wall Street Reform Act and other GOP priorities.

“If Sen. Reid changes the character of the Senate, then the Senate ceases to function. We’ll take our case to the people, we’ll argue for a new majority and then Republicans will be in a position to do whatever Republicans with 51 votes want to do,” said Sen. Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderTrump administration pays June ObamaCare subsidies to insurers Republicans and the lost promise of local control in education Washington state down to one bare ObamaCare county MORE (R-Tenn.), who spoke out against Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDems see surge of new candidates Dems to grind Senate to a halt over ObamaCare repeal fight GOP fires opening attack on Dem reportedly running for Heller's Senate seat MORE’s (D-Nev.) threat to trigger the nuclear option.

The tactic contemplated by Reid entails changing the Senate’s rules with a simple majority vote to prohibit filibusters against executive and judicial branch nominees.

Alexander, a former member of the GOP leadership who is close to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellOvernight Healthcare: Latest on Senate healthcare bill | Four conservatives say they'll oppose | Obama slams bill | Health groups offer scathing criticism Sanders: I hope McConnell listened to protesters outside his office 43 arrested in ObamaCare repeal protests at Capitol MORE (Ky.), said Republicans will use the nuclear option to ram through legislative changes if they regain Senate control.

He said the GOP conference could pass with a simple majority vote legislation to weaken unions, authorization to complete the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline and other items.