Senate

Reid Considers 'Nuclear Option' Change in Senate Voting Rules

Simple majority rule would strip power from the minority party

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Senate Democrats will huddle Thursday to determine whether to trigger the "nuclear option" to ram through nominees with a simple majority vote.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Tuesday that he planned to meet with his colleagues in two days, at which point a decision will be made on whether to change the upper chamber's filibuster rules with the controversial tactic.

"I'm going to caucus on this Thursday, and I think Thursday by the time the day is out, you'll have a better idea of what we're going to try and do on this," he told reporters.
Reid is facing pressure to advance several stalled nominees by making a Senate rule change that would eliminate filibusters on nominees. Typically, a change to Senate rules requires 67 votes, but the parliamentary maneuvering of the nuclear option would require only a majority vote.