U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has grown weary of Republicans using filibusters to block legislation. So instead of forwarding better legislation, Reid is considering a vote in January to change the rules of the Senate — and doing so with the backing of a simple majority of members.
It normally takes a two-thirds vote to change Senate rules. Reid says he doesn’t want to end the filibuster, “but we’re going to make the Senate a more meaningful place, we’re going to make it so that we can get things done.”
That’s comical coming from a man who hasn’t seemed to mind that the Senate he controls hasn’t submitted a budget proposal in three years.
Changing the rules by simple majority is called the “nuclear option” for a reason. If he follows through, Reid is sure to feel the heat from that blast.