Senate majority leader Harry Reid called for changing the Senate’s rules on the filibuster Thursday morning, proposing the so-called nuclear option.
“The need for change is so, so very obvious,” Reid said. “It’s clearly visible. It’s manifest we have to do something to change things.”
Reid complained of the number of Republican filibusters, declaring that President Obama’s nominees deserve “at least an up-or-down vote: yes or no.”
“It’s time to change. It’s time to change the Senate before this institution becomes obsolete,” he said.
This represents a reversal of Reid’s earlier distaste for the nuclear option, which would require only a bare majority of votes to confirm nominees as opposed to a filibuster-proof margin of 60. In 2008, Reid promised that he would never bring up the option for debate.