McConnell invokes 'nuclear option' to clear way for lower-level Trump nominees

Source: NBC News

Senate Republicans on Wednesday used a controversial procedural tactic called the “nuclear option” to change the chamber’s rules to make it easier to confirm lower-level Trump nominees.

The effort, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, comes after Republicans failed to adopt a resolution to change the chamber’s rules so that non-Cabinet level executive and district court nominations would face only two hours of floor debate rather than 30 before a confirmation vote. That resolution received only 51 of the 60 votes required for adoption, mainly along party lines.

The Senate’s action on Wednesday lasted through the afternoon. The chamber first voted 51-48 largely along party lines to change its rules to slash debate time for sub-Cabinet level executive branch nominees, and took the same action, also mostly on party lines, in the early evening for district court judges.

“This systematic obstruction is unfair to our duly elected president and, more importantly, it is disrespectful to the American people who deserve the government they elected,” McConnell, R-Ky., said on the Senate…

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