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Sen. Charles Schumer Regrets Democrats Created "Nuclear Option"

January 5th 2017

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The new Senate minority leader, Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) said this week that he regrets using the so-called “nuclear option” that changed the deliberative body’s parliamentary rules. The “nuclear option” allows the confirmation of Cabinet nominees with just 51 votes instead of 60 votes. Speaking in an interview with CNN, Schumer mused, “Wish it hadn’t happened.”
 
 
Democrats were in the majority in 2013 when the reform was passed and when they were anxious to confirm President Barack Obama’s nominees. Ironically, it now makes confirming President-elect Donald Trump’s nominees easier for Republicans.
In 2013, Republicans warned their Democrat colleagues that they would eventually regret changing the ground rules if Republicans were to achieve a majority. Schumer claimed that he made the same point with then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). “I argued against it at the time,” Schumer said. “I said both for Supreme Court and in Cabinet should be 60 because on such important positions there should be some degree of bipartisanship. I won on Supreme Court, lost on Cabinet. But it’s what we have to live with now.”

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