Skip to comments.Reid to Senate Republicans: Filibuster deal in 36 hours or face nuclear option
Posted on 01/22/2013 2:41:23 PM PST by Sub-Driver
Reid to Senate Republicans: Filibuster deal in 36 hours or face nuclear option By Alexander Bolton - 01/22/13 03:29 PM ET
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is giving Republican colleagues 36 hours to agree to a deal on filibuster reform or he will move forward with the nuclear option.
I hope in the next 24, 36 hours we can get something we agree on. If not, were going to move forward on what I think needs to be done, Reid told reporters.
Reids trump card in negotiations with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) is the threat he will change Senate rules with a simple majority vote, a tactic known as the nuclear option. This maneuver would allow Reid to change the Senate rules with a simple majority vote, something that has never been done, according to parliamentary experts.
Critics call it the nuclear option but proponents, such as Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) say it is more accurate to describe it as the Constitutional option because the Constitution empowers each chamber to set its own rules.
Reid predicted the Democratic caucus would support him in reforming the Senates filibuster rule unilaterally.
If he did so, he would likely implement a relatively modest change, such as eliminating the filibuster on motions to proceed to new business.
Reid said talks with McConnell are not close to a resolution.
Were making progress. Not done yet, we got a long way to go, he told reporters while walking into the Senate chamber.
A senator briefed on the talks said it appears McConnell will have trouble rounding up enough Republican votes to support any deal he forges with Reid. Changing the rules under regular order requires 67 votes. Reforming Senate procedures through a standing order would need 60 votes.
A Democratic aide said McConnell could have difficulty mustering 12 Republicans to vote to change the standing rules under regular order.
The Left is certainly creative in coining buzz words and phrases guaranteed to scare the bejeebus out of the moronic low-information members of the public.
Our side should be so adept.
Who gives a ****? the House GOP leadership is so strong that only bills that pass with the “pre nukyalur” option voting thresholds would be considered? Oh, wait....boehner is still there.....
A) Make him do it, and B) Send Rubio, Lee, Johnson, Scott, and Cruz out on the media circuit right afterwards. Enough with the Sunday morning geezer club (McConnell, McCain, etc). Get strong, likable young leadership out front.
Ichabod McConnell should tell Reid to go eff himself. Let them do it; they’ll cheat anyway when it serves them. Grow some balls.
Personally I think it’s better to be polite, honest, and be a really good shot.
Then in 2014 we take the senate majority with Reid's new rule and Obama would be F'd!
Am I right on this?
Wow that’s gonna backfire on Bobo when the Democrats lose the Senate in 2014 ... if a Supreme needs replacement 2014-2016, the furthest Left the GOP will give Bobo is Larry Tribe, a fairly conventional Liberal douchebag Harvard insider, instead of some 9th Panel Maoist ...
Dems are always portrayed as the ‘bipartisan’ ‘moderates’ versus the Republican ‘extremists’.
I can’t see the media successfully using that meme after this.
Sure, the dumbest sluts will continue to believe, but the merely-slightly-below-average-IQ voters won’t.
The GOP doesn’t need any help. They can do it themselves.
Good. Let's have the House shut down the free money spigot.
Let's play hardball. The republicans should understand by now that you can't have gentleman's agreements with marxists.
You are correct. The Reps must take the Senate. Obama has about 18 months to push his agenda through. The House will be the only place where he can be blocked.
For once, bring on street fighters.
Let Ted Cruz and Mike Lee speak.
The House can checkmate Reid’s commie senate by cutting off all funding for senate operations.
The neuclear cliff option..sounds really scary don’t it.
Im almost convinced they’re all in on it but they have to make it look like a big fight.