Friday, October 7, 2011

Flashback: Joe Biden Tells Republicans How Wrong It Is To Ignore Parliamentarian

Senator Joe Biden:
You can not change the Senate rules by by a pure majority vote...
Unless your name is Harry Reid. 
In a shocking development Thursday evening, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) triggered a rarely used procedural option informally called the “nuclear option” to change the Senate rules.

Reid and 50 members of his caucus voted to change Senate rules unilaterally to prevent Republicans from forcing votes on uncomfortable amendments after the chamber has voted to move to final passage of a bill.

Reid’s coup passed by a vote of 51-48, leaving Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) fuming.

Now that Harry Reid and Democrats have dispensed with the Senate rules, Republicans can use this to good effect after they take power in 2012.

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