On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) declared that he was prepared to move forward with the “nuclear option” and change the Senate rules so that only a simple majority vote would be required to consider and confirm President Barack Obama’s executive branch nominees. In response, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called his “friend” history’s worst majority leader.
McConnell began by saying that the Reid’s plan alters the U.S. Senate’s role from an obligation to “advise and consent” to the president’s appointees to “sit down and shut up.”
McConnell expressed dismay over the fact that Reid had “broken his word” and pursued the nuclear option after he pledged that he would not. He said that there are many Democratic members of the Senate who are not pleased with the change in the rules.
“When they tell me that, the Republican I expect they would be least likely to want to tell that to, I know what’s going on here,” McConnell said.
“So, this is really a sad, sad day for the United States Senate,” he continued. “And if we don’t pull back from the brink here, my friend, the majority leader, is going to be remembered as the worst leader of the Senate ever.”
Watch the clip below via C-SPAN 2:
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