Harry Reid helps Trump get his cabinet picks confirmed in Senate!

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by Herdfan, Nov 20, 2016.

  1. Herdfan macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2011
    #1
    Ok, maybe a bit of clickbait, but it is true.

    Back in 2013 when the Democrats couldn't get Obama's nominees confirmed, Harry Reid instituted what was called the nuclear option.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/poli...65cfe8-52b6-11e3-9fe0-fd2ca728e67c_story.html

    So most nominees now only require a majority vote instead of the 60 previously needed to overcome a filibuster. Looks like Harry's nuclear option might come back to haunt them now that the tables have turned.

    Maybe if they hadn't been so delusional in thinking they were going to take it back.

    Now in my personal opinion, they should go back to the 60 vote threshold, but do it old school where you actually have to have someone stay up there and speak as long as the Senate is in session.
     
  2. Zombie Acorn macrumors 65816

    Zombie Acorn

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2009
    Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
    #2
    If it was good enough for the Obama admin then it should be good enough for the Trump admin.
     
  3. lowendlinux Contributor

    lowendlinux

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2014
    Location:
    North Country (way upstate NY)
    #3
    I don't imagine they'd block his first picks it's make them look childish but yea this is why you don't change rules.
     
  4. yaxomoxay macrumors 68000

    yaxomoxay

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2010
    Location:
    Texas
    #4
    Agreed. I was disappointed when they changed the rules, and my opinion doesn't change because Trump is president.
     
  5. NT1440 macrumors G4

    NT1440

    Joined:
    May 18, 2008
    Location:
    Hartford, CT
    #5
    ....60 votes was never the threshold until the Obama administration.
     
  6. macmee Suspended

    macmee

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2008
    Location:
    Canada
    #6
    You enjoy filibusters?
     
  7. yaxomoxay macrumors 68000

    yaxomoxay

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2010
    Location:
    Texas
    #7
    They can be useful at times. It rarely works, but at least it might bring attention to an issue.
     
  8. macmee Suspended

    macmee

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2008
    Location:
    Canada
    #8
    Personally I think there's other ways to bring attention to an issue without holding democracy hostage
     
  9. Eraserhead macrumors G4

    Eraserhead

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2005
    Location:
    UK
    #9
    Actually I think they can still filibuster appointments, but they can't do a pretend filibuster without the indignity of speaking.
     

Share This Page