Senate Majority Leader Reid plans to make radical changes to the long-standing rules of the United States Senate. Right now, the rules require 60 senators to agree before the Senate may move forward on most legislation or nominations. Sen. Reid has said he intends to change the rules to require only 51 votes to move forward.
We need greater consensus in Washington, not less. Sen. Reid's plan-known as the "nuclear option"-will increase partisanship and open the door to extreme, controversial and damaging laws like "card check," and nominees with radical agendas.
In fact, Sen. Reid wants to change the rules so he can place controversial nominees on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) who intend to impose card check like proposals through regulation. Several courts already have ruled that the prior appointments of two of these nominees, Sharon Block and Richard Griffin, are unconstitutional. The other nominee, Mark Pearce, spent his prior term on the Board pushing through radical proposals, including two different rules that have been rejected in one form or another by six different federal courts. If Sen. Reid gets his way, they will need only 51 votes to fill the vacancies on the NLRB with appointees who will enact backdoor card check through regulation.
As Senator Grassley said on his 7/9/13 floor speech, “There is no crisis in the manner in which we are confirming nominees. This is all part of a larger strategy to justify breaking the rules of the United States Senate to change the rules of the United States Senate.”
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