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Senate Rules Cloture

A Constitutional -- Not a Nuclear -- End to Confirmation Filibusters

Victor Williams | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Victor Williams

The Senate invoked a constitutional option -- not a "nuclear" one -- to end the 60-vote threshold required to end confirmation filibusters. The Senate action is a return to the constitutional governance of the Framers' design -- there is nothing "nuclear" about simple-majority votes.

Ryan Grim

Senate Approves Nuclear Option [UPDATE] | Ryan Grim | Posted 11.21.2013 | Politics

UPDATE: Senate Democrats voted to invoke the so-called nuclear option just after noon on Thursday, changing the rules so that only a simple majority ...