The Senate "Nuclear Option" looks more and more certain
"I am very open to changing the rules for nominees," Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) told The Huffington Post. "I was not before, because I felt we could work with them. But it's gotten to an extreme situation where really qualified people can't get an up-or-down vote."
"I do now," Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) told reporters when asked if she supports filibuster reform. She said she changed her mind on the issue after watching as a bipartisan deal to let President Barack Obama's nominees get votes, struck over the summer, went nowhere.
"We had a meeting in the Old Senate Chamber and everybody had an opportunity ... to really express themselves," Feinstein said of the summer meeting. "I thought it was going to bring about a new day. The new day lasted one week, and then we're back to the usual politics." . . .
Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) replied . . . "It's time to changes the rules for nominees." . . .
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said he's "open" to the idea of filibuster reform for nominees, saying he sympathizes with Obama on the issue, given his own experience as a governor and an executive. "You have to get your team together," Manchin said. Asked why he thinks some of his colleagues remain reluctant to support changes, he shrugged.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) is convinced Democrats must move to alter Senate rules to limit the minority party's ability to filibuster the nominees, and is ready to take the controversial step if his caucus backs it, according to a Senate Democratic leadership aide. . . . Mr. Reid could move as early as this week. . . .
Mr. Reid said Tuesday that he was "considering looking at the rules."Real Clear Politics has this:
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