Confirmed: U.S. Senate Passes ‘Nuclear Option’ Fundamentally Changing Filibuster Power

The Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate voted 52-48 Thursday to invoke the so-called “nuclear option,” making it possible to confirm most presidential nominees by a simple majority note.

But not all Democrats were on board with the change.

Thursday’s vote marks a major shift in more than 200 years of senate precedent that required a 60-vote majority to assure a final vote on most presidential nominees. The “nuclear option,” however, means only 51 votes are required to confirm most judicial and executive nominees.

Supreme Court appointees are still exempt form the rule change.

“It shows you just how desperate and cynical Democrats have become,” one Senate GOP aide told TheBlaze. “They have proven willing to destroy a defining and historic aspect of the Senate in order to distract from their disastrous health care law and the harm it’s inflicting on the American people right now.”

“Unfortunately, while their ploy may help them in the news cycle for a few days, Americans will still be suffering all the while,” the aide added.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) accused Republicans Thursday of “unbelievable, unprecedented obstruction” of the president’s selections for court vacancies and other offices.

“It’s time to change the Senate, before this institution becomes obsolete,” he said.

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Author: AKA John Galt

A small business owner, a tea party organizer, a son, father and husband who is not willing to sell out the future lives of his children.

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