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Senator Harry Reid is considering the 'nuclear option', which would change the senate rules to eliminate the filibuster for executive branch appointments. He feels compelled to act because Republicans have blocked the nomination of multiple individuals to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Because Republican's oppose the existence of the bureau, they will not let anyone lead it. “It’s al­most hard to meas­ure the ram­i­fi­ca­tions that would emanate from such an ac­tion...once you go down that path, you can­not know how this will re­ver­ber­ate on the in­sti­tu­tion for gen­er­a­tions.” said Senator Olympia J. Snowe, I think she's right, this could destroy the small amount of bipartisanship left in the Senate (an example being the recently passed immigration bill).
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Well just so you both know, they came up with a deal to confirm the head of the CFPB so this is no longer an issue. Keeping the filibuster for now, for better or worse
@curtisb such a slippery slope...definitely agree with you
Plus, now the democrats control the senate, so they want to pass legislation with 50 votes. But in X years, the republicans will be in the same position and will probably push through tons of one-sided laws as soon as they get in power.
@curtisb this is kinda ridiculous... i am not sure if that would be a good thing or not considering the fact that any type of monumental change like that usually brings unexpected consequences. Cannot imagine the senate without the need for a super majority... interesting to think about but worrisome
@leecatlee have you read about this?