Senate Democrats Invoke Nuclear Option

Senate Democrats “succeeded Thursday in deploying the ‘nuclear option‘ to make the most fundamental change to floor operations in almost four decades Thursday, ending the minority’s ability to kill most presidential nominations by filibuster,” Roll Call reports.

“The Senate voted, 52-48, to effectively change the rules, by rejecting the opinion of the presiding officer that a super majority is required to limit debate, or invoke cloture, on executive branch nominees and those for seats on federal courts short of the Supreme Court.”

Politico: “The unprecedented rules change means that President Barack Obama’s judicial and executive branch nominees no longer need to clear a 60-vote threshold to reach the Senate floor and get an up-or-down vote.”

Think Progress: Why Democrats had to invoke the nuclear option in one chart.

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