Democrats Close to 'Nuclear Option' in Filibuster Fight - Articles

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Posted by: Brittany Sims on Jul 12, 2013

Democrats took steps toward dramatically limiting Senate filibusters by threatening to use the so-called "nuclear option" to jam through rules changes. Republicans warn the move would destroy bipartisan cooperation in the chamber. "The vast majority of my Democratic caucus wanted to move forward and change the rules," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid following a closed meeting in which Democratic leaders advocated banning filibusters of executive branch appointments, which they argue Republicans have abused. Democratic leaders said they have votes to force the change using a parliamentary tactic that Republicans complain violates Senate rules. WCYB has the story.