Morning Action: Harry Reid to Go Nuclear, Changing Senate Rules and Eliminating Rights of the Minority

HARRY REID. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) 13% wants to change the Senate rules before Thanksgiving, which would eliminate the rights of the Senate minority:

With Senate Republicans blocking a third Obama nomination to the powerful D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, a senior Senate Democratic leadership aide tells me Reid is now all but certain to move to change the Senate rules by simple majority — doing away with the filibuster on executive and judicial nominations, with the exception of the Supreme Court – as early as this week.


At a presser today, Reid told reporters he was taking another look at rules reform, but didn’t give a timeline. The senior leadership aide goes further, saying it’s hard to envision circumstances under which Reid doesn’t act.

When Harry Reid threatened the so-called “nuclear option” in the past, the Heritage Foundation explained how this erodes the rights of the minority:

By eliminating the rights of the minority party to extended debate, the nuclear option fundamentally alters the consensus-based nature of the Senate to resemble more closely the majoritarian House of Representatives. As Heritage’s Hans von Spakovsky wrote, “It seems [Reid] wants the Senate to forsake its ‘advise and consent’ role and simply become a rubber stamp for presidential nominees, no matter how radical, extreme, or corrupt they may be.” Although Reid has said the change will only be for executive branch nominees, the practice could easily be applied to judicial nominations and legislation as well.

POLL. Approval for both President Obama and the Affordable Care Act are at record lows:

President Barack Obama’s approval has dropped below 40 percent, the lowest its ever been in CBS News polling.

Just 37 percent of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing as president, compared with 57 percent who disapprove in a CBS News poll out Wednesd

At the same time, the president’s signature health care law is also at a new low. Approval of Obamacare stands at 31 percent, with disapproval at 61 percent, the worst numbay. The sub-40 percent number is the lowest approval Obama has seen during his presidency in CBS’s polling and is a drop of 9 points in approval from October.ers for the law in CBS’s polling.

“FIX.”  Obamacare is fundamentally flawed and cannot be fixed.  Yet that is what some Democrat Senators are trying to do by backing Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)’s bill, the Keeping the Affordable Care Act Promise Act, S. 1642:

Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) on Tuesday became the latest Senate Democrat to back a legislative fix to ObamaCare that would let people keep their health insurance plan if they like it.

Udall signed up as a cosponsor to the Keeping the Affordable Care Act Promise Act, S. 1642. That bill would allow insurance companies to keep offering insurance plans that would otherwise have to be canceled because they fail to meet new standards under ObamaCare.

Udall joined the bill without issuing a formal statement, but Senate Democrats are becoming increasingly vocal about the need to change the law. When Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) introduced the bill earlier this month, she said Democrats need to pass legislation to make good on their promise that Americans could keep their health insurance if they like it.

WEBSITE. remains incomplete and dysfunctional, but it is unclear when, if ever, the work will be done:

The website will still be a work in progress beyond the end of the month, Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday, appearing to soften a promise that the site will be working by then for the vast majority of users.

“The 30th of November is not a magic go, no go date. It is a work of constant improvement. We have some very specific things we know we need to complete by the 30th and that punch list is getting knocked out every week,” Sebelius told The Associated Press.

MARRIAGE PENALTY. Obamacare’s marriage penalty hurts middle class families:

Sam Stein, from the Huffington Post and MSNBC contributor, brought to attention one of the lesser known evils of Obamacare on Wednesday morning. Stein explained that if a married couple combines the two spouses’ incomes and it is over 400% of the poverty level, they will not receive a subsidy.

These couples tend to be middle class or lower middle class and already struggle to pay for healthcare. Without financial assistance, these couples have no option but to buy more expensive plans through the Obamacare exchange.

IMMIGRATION.  President Obama says he supports a piecemeal approach to immigration reform (sub. req’d):

President Barack Obama said Tuesday he would accept a piecemeal approach to overhauling the immigration system, a move aimed at jump-starting a moribund process that reflects the realities of a divided Congress.

Mr. Obama has long favored the sweeping immigration bill that passed the Senate in June, but the House has made clear it wouldn’t consider that measure. In a wide-ranging interview before business executives at The Wall Street Journal CEO Council, the president said he is amenable to House Republicans’ taking up elements of the Senate bill, as long as the end result is the same.

We have noted that a piecemeal approach would almost certainly lead to an amnesty bill passing through Congress:

At this point though, wrangling over a comprehensive approach versus a piecemeal approach is meaningless.  Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) told a liberal audience that piecemeal bills simply serve as a means to an end:

Get us to a conference. In a conference, we can negotiate the notion of bringing all those bills together and get to common ground.

The goal of the pro-amnesty crowd is simple—pass a bill, any bill (preferably one that includes some sort of path to citizenship) so that pro-amnesty negotiators can begin working on a compromise that resembles the Senate-passed Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744).  That deal making could take place in a formal conference committee or, more likely, a backroom process.


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44 thoughts on “Morning Action: Harry Reid to Go Nuclear, Changing Senate Rules and Eliminating Rights of the Minority

  1. Amazing how a wimp like Harry Reid can have so much power.

    Changing Senate rules and eliminating rights of the minority goes hand in hand with how he thinks about the American people.

  2. I am sick of this miscreant’s tag teaming with Obama and Holder to completely lock down our country in a state of tyranny. This man should be executed for aiding and abetting tyranny.

  3. the only immigration bill we need is deport all illegals and children back to where ever and close the damn border like they are suppose to be and stop playing stupid games with americans lives u inbecile democrat and repub rinos we do not want amnesty what part dont u idiots understand

    • Exactly Roy!…….Let’s take that a little farther and deport all Muslims back to their Country of Origins where they can live under Sharia law that they are so determined to instill in the good old USA…………..Also, no Muslims allowed to enter into the USA in the future!

  4. Go ahead let him change the rules. he is just putting another nail in the coffin of the Democrats. They are destroying their own party from within.

    • The dems are already running away from Obama – they can do the same to Reid He’s like a little Nero. All for HarryRreid. Obsessed with the power..

        • The tea partiers had nothing to do with shutting down the government. Obama and Reid shut down the government. Check your facts. What a foolish statement to make and untrue.

          • That right there is some unreconstituted brahma fecal matter, that is. As in. False, with malice aforethought. The government shut down as a malicious act of sedition against the United States of America by the Republicans in the House, fueled by the extremist Tea Party gang. There were several weeks (months) of notice by every Democratic Leader in Washington prior to the Republicans deciding to pull the pin on that particular hand grenade. If you really want further proof, check the Republicans who wanted a vote to extend the shutdown, and default of the full faith and credit of America in the process. NO AMENDMENTS TO THE CR. Now, I ask ya. Do you really believe that is so very difficult to understand? Accept? Believe? Because no matter how you might choose to spin it, that is precisely the word both the House and Senate were given. No hostage taking over CR or Debt Ceiling Limit Increase. And don’t forget that last part. “Anything else is on the table for negotiation.” Additionally, did I mention to TWENTY attempts to conference on these very issues which the Republicans refused, out of hand, for no reason other than the administration urged the democrats to get a negotiation on the budget PRIOR to the Republican travesty? Yes, that, too. Get the facts straight before attempting to smear lies all over them. It is both disingenuous and makes others think you of less menatation than…perhaps they should.

          • You don’t know what you are talking about. Obama and Reid shut the government down. The republicans had nothing to do with it. Obama and Reid would not negotiate with the House nor communicate with them in any way and neither would Reid; therefore, the government was shut down by OBAMA and REID and nobody else. Wrong! Obama told the republicans he would not negotiate. You need to get your facts straight. You are the one smearing lies but, then ,liberals are good at that. What a bunch of baloney. I really don’t care what you think. I know what happened and who caused it because he admitted it which you don’t seem to know about and he explained why he did it. You are gullible enough to listen to all his lies and, which is the liberal way, blame the Tea Party for everything. Talk about extreme, that describes you liberals, that and your propensity to insult and call people names. I could care less what you think.

          • Yet, you care enough to respond to the comment. Disconnect on that one. I know that every word I posted in my comment is absolutey true, irrespective of the person(s) involved. Calling me a liar, or a Liberal for that matter is nothing more than ad hom, which is a logical fallacy on its face. It was NOT President Obama who shut down the government, nor was it Senator Reid. What you “know” seems to be not knowledge, but the ability to parrot the thoughts of others. If this is truly what you believe, then you should really go back and check the facts. It would do you good, and exercise your common sense to boot.

          • All of your points–your entire argument, really–focuses on “who to blame” for the government shutdown. I’m sure we could have a long, entertaining debate about that…

            …or perhaps not, because your argument is based on the implicit assumption that a “government shutdown” is a bad thing that should have been avoided. I do not accept that assumption as valid.

            So how about this: I agree with your overall point that Republicans(some Republicans, anyway) are responsible for the government shutdown. Debating that is a waste of time. Instead, let’s talk about your assumption that a shutdown is a bad thing. Why do you think that? Is it a comprehensive, non-partisan conviction of yours, or would you be mostly okay with government being shut down if Republicans or conservatives were the majority power? Do you think government is a vital necessity that we cannot go a day without; so important that it is better to let it operate poorly and negatively than to risk a single moment without it?

          • No, I am not an idiot. Obama admitted he shut down the government . Do you ever listen to the news and check other sources to learn the truth? Or do you, like a good little liberal, believe everything he says? You are the idiot . Look in the mirror.

  5. Dues he stop to think that if the republicans take over the majority in both the House and the senate he might well regret that ridiculous action.

  6. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are maggots feeding on the shit that Obama spews forth. They know that the votes will be rigged in their favor, and if elected again there will be an uprising in this country. California, you need to get to the polls. make sure the votes count correctly, and vote Pelosi OUT of office. Harry Reid is a follower, he doesn’t have a mind of his own. He prolly cant crap without Pelosi telling him how to wipe.

  7. I believe that Obama is simply a “mole” planted from a long planned scheme and patiently awaited conspiracy. This makes his mission all the more simple in destabilizing America as we know it…He just makes the worst decisions that can be made…

  8. Can he just do that?! Wouldn’t it have to be approved by both houses. After all it would be a change in the way our government is run. I am so sick of Obama and now Reid just doing whatever the heck they want to!!! He better think twice about it because someday the shoe might be on the other foot!

  9. WE THE PEOPLE need to come up with a way to change the way the senate is run, HARRY REID has far to much power and it needs to be broken up so that one person cannot stop the progress of certain bills that are there to help the AMERICAN PEOPLE, REID has become an old cantankerous, anti american, muslim loving, deranged, malicious, dysfunctional, diabolical, antiquated brain dead senile old fart, who has nothing better to do than be malicious toward the people who put him in office, We all know when people get old they become cranky, because they cant have sex or fun anymore so all they can do is push pain on others, needs to be a law requiring politicians to retire at 65, just like everyone else, and put them on social security, and get them out of the fantasy world they live in, I only wish there was a way to remove him from office as he no longer can think for himself and is being led around by the nose by obuttman!! PERIOD!!

    • I totally agree. I was watching Congressman Dingell giving a speech the other day on CSPAN and didn’t know if he was going to be able to finish. He could barely get the words out. I thought he might fall over dead any second. He’s 87 years old and has been in the House since 1955.

    • I think the 17th Amendment has played a large part in the degradation of the Senate. Part of the original construction of the country as a Constitutional Republic, rather than a straight Democracy, was destroyed by that amendment.

  10. Let Harry Reid pass the Nuclear Option then listen to the DEMS whine in January 2015 when they loose control of the Senate.

  11. About time this happened in the Senate. Republicans lack the testicular fortitude to end the rule, so let Reid break the walls down. The only danger is that if/when Republicans again control the Senate, they will act like dogs in one of those electronic fencing situations, the ones that stay away from the lines even when the power is out.

    Let Dems maximize their use of power … let Republicans justify their bullishness once they are in power.

    • How’s that ovomitcare working out for ya Jimbo? You might rethink your position on Turdy Harry. YOU will be the one bitching & moaning come January 2015 and we will be laughing.

      • CD, you are WAY OUT OF LINE.

        I stood at the FRONT of the September 12 rally crowd on Capitol Hill. When threats about crowds led organizers to suggest that my fellow tea partiers should stay only on the capital lawn and not spill onto the National Mall, I started an led a sustained cheer, “Take the Mall.”

        After, I visited my ass congressman, Gerry Connolly and explained to his Chief of Staff the unconstitutionality of ACA.

        I have practiced federal constitutional law for 25 years and am a consistent voice of opposition to the madness.

        It just so happens that the Filibuster Rule is something I have researched and written on. In fact, a White Paper that I researched and wrote was circulated to Senate Republicans by my former employer during Bush’s administration with the goal of getting the rule changed.

        So, calm down and stop making enemies out of friends, ok?

        By the way, you can read that document here:

    • The Republicans are doing what the American people are yelling about unlike the Democrates who are turning a blind eye and a deaf ear to the American people. They are in sync with the liar president and have no way out but to continue the lie. They hope they can change things before November and they are running scared. That is a fact why do you think Harry Reid is changing the rules in the senate. My only thinking here Jim Henerson is you are also part of the Nazi party that is in this country and do not like the freedoms you enjoy on a daily basis so maybe you should move to a country that fits your thinking and stop trying to gut the freedoms of american citizens

      • You have got to be kidding me.

        I am a Tea Party Conservative. I voted for Reagan twice, for Bush twice, for Dole, for another Bush twice, for McCain, for Romney. When I was a young man in NC, I voted for Jesse Helms and John East. I voted for every Republican gubernatorial candidate here in Virginia since we moved here.

        I won’t call you a nazi, but your answer is strongly suggestive you being NUTZY.

        That I understand that the Constitution has a fixed and determinable meaning that does not change due to whim or desire, and that, in this case, that meaning is that the Senate can change its rules doesn’t make me a democrat or a nazi.

        We can all lament balls-free Republicrats. But your idiotic attack was unfounded an pointless.

  12. we need to get rid of all of them and start fresh. What he is doing is trying to stack the deck so obama looks better.

  13. This is about liberals implementing policy through the courts. We’ve seen their propensity repeatedly to sue any time they lose legislatively. Stack the courts, and you pretty much trump our system of government.

    • That’s because our original system of government has been gone for a long while now. The legislative branch ceased to be a deliberative body and has instead been concentrating on acting as administrative oversight for a massive bureaucratic state that has been festering in the basements of D.C. since the advent of the Great Society. This has left it to the Judicial branch to be the arbiters of Constitutionality, which is something it was never intended to do. Having achieved that distortion of the distribution and separation of powers, the Left was able to push their agenda through by stacking the courts in their favor.
      The Judicial branch was never supposed to be the last word on constitutionality of law. It is a ridiculous concept. If we are going to have judges who are appointed for life be the last word on the constitutional validity of a law, we might as well just stop all the foreplay and set up a tyrannical dictatorship. Because what’s the difference?

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