November 21, 2013


Democrats Invoke Nuclear Option to Curtail Filibuster

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) pushed forward a vote to allow presidential nominations to go forward with a simple majority vote.

The vote was 52 to 48, mainly along party lines. Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Carl Levin (D-MI) voted against changing the rules.

Roll Call says the "new precedent represents what's likely to prove the most significant change in Senate rules since 1975, when the cloture threshold was reduced to 60 votes in most cases (from two-thirds of senators present and voting)."










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