A group of Republican Senators are getting tired of the Democrats stalling the Presidents nominees to appointed positions. These Senators now want to use the “nuclear option” to get the President’s nominees approved by the Senate.
In 2013, now retired Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid also used the nuclear option to help get Obama’s judicial nominees through; with the exemption of the Supreme Court.
“It’s completely gotten out of hand,” said Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.). “It’s ridiculous we have all these 30 hours of post-cloture time. It’s chewing up the clock and we can’t address the major problems facing this nation.”
“I’ve been recommending for quite some time to utilize the Harry Reid precedent to change the rules [with] 51 votes,” he added.
McConnell is not favorable to the plan and has previously pushed back calls from House Republicans, however now he is facing growing pressure from Republicans in the Senate.
Senator Johnson has relented that there are not enough Senate votes to change the rules unilaterally. Senator John McCain and Susan Collins are staunchly opposed to the change. Of course, they are “never trumpets” and don’t want the President’s positions filled to cripple his Administration.
But, the message is clear a growing group of Senate Republicans are starting to push McConnell to get off his butt and get the government staffed.