Reid is a stupid man. For a short term advantage he triggered what has been called the ‘Nuclear Option’. It has nothing to do with atomic weapons but instead allows the Senate to confirm the President’s appointments with a simple majority of votes.
The Senate has 100 members, two from each state. Previously, the rule had been that it took a 60% majority of Senate members to approve nominees. When Democrats had a majority on the Senate Harry Reid was Majority leader. But even though he had a majority he didn’t have 60%. So he changed the rules allowing the Senat to approve Obama’s nominees with a simple majority vote.
That new rule stands and now that Republicans have the majority they will be beneficiaries of the Nuclear Option. The incoming President has vowed to make appointments differently than Obama did. He will get them approved, too, because of Reid’s Nuclear Option. It’s quite a gift to the new President. Democrats like Chuck Schumer are regretting Reid’s action now.
There has been a bit of discussion lately about the fact that Donald Trump could change the tenor of the Ninth Circuit Court. It has proven to be the mos left-leaning of US Circuit courts.
“Schumer: I wish we hadn’t triggered ‘nuclear option’”
Sen. Chuck Schumer lamented Tuesday the Democrats’ move to diminish the number of senators needed to confirm Cabinet picks from 60 votes to 51, because the new rule now hurts his party.
“I argued against it at the time. I said both for Supreme Court and in Cabinet should be 60 because on such important positions there should be some degree of bipartisanship,” Schumer, a New York Democrat and the incoming Senate minority leader, told CNN’s Dana Bash.”