Reid supports rules change to eliminate filibuster of nominees

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidWhite House seeks to shield Biden from GOP attacks on crime issue Lobbying world Warner backing 'small carve-out' on filibuster for voting rights MORE (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.


“I ask the Senate to pass a rule that all judicial and public service nominations receive a simple up-or-down vote within 90 days,” he said.

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 FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinNearly 140 Democrats urge EPA to 'promptly' allow California to set its own vehicle pollution standards Biden signs bill to bolster crime victims fund Stripping opportunity from DC's children MORE (D-Calif.), a member of the Judiciary Committee, also endorsed the proposal.

“I’m all for it. In 90 days. Absolutely,” she said.