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Harry Reid Triggers 'Nuclear Option'; Ends Republican Filibusters!!!

 
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Harry Reid Triggers 'Nuclear Option'; Ends Republican Filibusters!!!
In a shocking development Thursday evening, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) triggered a rarely used procedural option informally called the “nuclear option” to change the Senate rules.

The Democratic leader had become fed up with Republican demands for votes on motions to suspend the rules after the Senate had voted to end a filibuster.

Reid said these motions, which do not need unanimous consent, amount to a second-round filibuster after the Senate has voted to move to final passage of a measure.
The Senate voted 51-48 to back Reid and overturn the Senate precedent. Sen. Ben Nelson (Neb.) was the only Democrat to vote against his leader.

The surprise move stunned Republicans, who did not expect Reid to bring heavy artillery to what had been a humdrum knife fight over amendments to China currency legislation.

Reid appealed a ruling from the chair that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) does not need unanimous consent to force a vote on a motion to suspend the rules to consider amendments after cloture has already been approved.

The chair, which was occupied by Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), ruled under the advice of the Senate parliamentarian that Republicans had the right to force a vote on a motion to suspend the rules and proceed to President Obama’s controversial jobs bill.

[link to thehill.com]

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Pearl Harbor was an inside job.
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well what do i care? it's not my government.
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well what do i care? it's not my government.
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I know. Go back to watching The Jersey Shore.
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Thanks Jarhead more good info -jeez there is sleaze in DCcool2
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yoda

Democrats do more crazy shit....this will hurt them, not help.

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