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-- new reaction to the Senate's top Democrat preparing perhaps a plan that will dramatically change the way that Washington works.
Senate majority leader Harry Reid of Nevada.
Is that reportedly flirting with the idea of triggering the so called nuclear option that would be a rules change that would give the president greater power.
Because it would allow the senate to approve White House nominee is with a simple 51 majority vote.
But going through with that of course carries some very serious political -- down the role -- -- if the parties in power.
Look around and joined now by Republican strategist John Alessio director of communications -- American crossroads and annaly -- Sussman is a democratic strategist and we let -- start critiquing this is what Harry Reid has in mind the nuclear option.
I think it does seem like it's looking more likely -- honestly.
It's been difficult to get any business done and I think the American people are just sick of seeing -- Stall after stall after stall there was some reform.
Early in January and we talk at the beginning of this term.
And this option this option has always been on the table they're -- when -- what actually talking about doing is going to a 51 vote.
Just for executive branch nominees will still have the sixty vote.
Threshold for both judicial and for legislation which is new laws.
All right but Jonathan the reason that that's in place is to keep it -- on executive power.
I he might like it when your party -- -- power but you might not like it's so much when it's not.
-- here and there's also some an important context that we need to get into here.
I mean the senate has passed more than 1500.
Of the president's appointments including all of his cabinet appointments.
So this is not a crisis.
This is a case of the president and the Democrats trying to ram through three of the president's most radical appointees to very very powerful labor posts.
And changing the rules to do it this a short sided.
It's a bad precedent I mean president Barack Obama when he was a senator it said they're going into the nuclear option.
Was a bad idea as did Harry Reid this is a bad precedent because if the Democrats do this they have to remember that the Republicans will have those exact same rules if and when.
They win the senate in 2014 and beyond.
Had chances -- us have been here with the National Labor Relations Board and a suggestion that this is this is a big thank you to the unions.
For being so oyster -- you know channeling money into democratic coffers when it comes election time.
And Harry Reid in particular was benefit of that and this may be his it was time to pay them back.
And -- what do you think.
-- it -- two of the nominees that the president has nominated are actually management side labor lawyers.
All -- trying to do is keep the national labor board functioning.
You know if you're an American worker.
A lot of what -- -- so a lot of what the national labor board has been talking about recently is free speech rights to know if you're American market we all thought about this you know maybe going to our -- but going to like what are.
Complaining a little bit about management.
If you can be fired on that which is what's happening right now.
The national with the national labor board stops functioning still being no resolution on it it will still stay in limbo we want to be able to have final resolution.
The only way we can get that it that we have total finality with senate confirmations on the National Labor Relations -- so it's just about Twitter freedom of speech on offense -- This is also isn't.
History here that that we need to get into you I mean that President Obama has been at odds with the labor unions on a lot of issues over the last couple years from Keystone Pipeline.
To his war on coal to some of the trade agreements that he signed and here he has the opportunity.
To bring in and -- river there are five people on this port three of them are radicals I don't have to be Republicans buy buy buy buy and by the way that they agree with these things.
So he's going to try to push through these things and requires changing the rules.
It's incredibly bad president and very very short -- it's a wave basically of the president being able -- through this is giving the forgiven the labor unions a Christmas present that they did not get it's a belated Christmas present to them.
For the 2010 and for the 2012 elections because they really work they get out the vote machinery for the Obama reelection campaign 2000.
And I let's say you.
Sure you know the senate Republicans have been very good at blocking all legislation that moves the -- And now they're -- it's -- really disable the legislative branch now looks like they're trying to disable the executive branch from functioning.
The National Labor Relations Board are not the only nominee is they're holding up there all I will -- Forgetting I -- forgetting that there is about the powers in this country that are coequal branches of government and the senate the senate Republicans are using the rules in front of them.
To do what they think is right and if the president -- unable to get his appointments through by just appointing people that are in the middle I think that that's a failure at his failure to govern it's a failure of the Democrats in the senate to be able to do things without actually breaking the rules in order to get -- -- -- Emily just to get back to the original point how how politically dangerous might it be for Democrats down the road when Republicans if they regain power in the senate.
Given to Saddam -- with best.
Without question the filibuster is definitely -- for the minority to control what is moving through the agenda.
And there may be a change in the balance of power but there's also been a change in the way the filibuster has been used.
The filibuster was not traditionally used for every nomination every executive branch every piece of legislation that comes up.
At this being used more and more perhaps it is time to take a look at how we look at boats may be a majority is good enough to bring a bill to the Florida Bergen nomination to the floor time.
Harry Reid in the past that said that doing away with the filibuster was -- it would ruin the country he was right then he's wrong now this is a terrible idea Jonathan -- thanks so like guys.
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