2008 Harry Reid: No nuclear option as long as I'm the leader





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Published on Sep 20, 2013

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Nuclear Option: Democrats Break & Remake Senate Rules
Tyranny in the United States Senate

'TOM DASCHLE: What was the nuclear option,
and what likelihood is there that we're going to have to face nuclear
option-like questions again?

HARRY REID: What the Republicans came up
with was a way to change our country forever. They made a decision if they didn't get every judge they wanted, every judge they wanted then they were going to make the Senate just like the House of Representatives. We would in fact have a unicameral legislature where a
simple majority would determine whatever happens. In the House of Representatives today, Pelosi's the leader. Prior to that, it was Hastert. Whatever they wanted, Hastert or Pelosi, they get done. The rules over there allow that. The Senate was set up to be different. That
was the genius, the vision of our Founding Fathers, that this bicameral legislature which was unique, had two different duties. One was as Franklin said, to pour the coffee into the saucer and let it cool off.

That's why you have the ability to filibuster and to terminate
filibuster. They wanted to get rid of all that, and that's what the
nuclear option was all about.

DASCHLE: And is there any likelihood that we're going to face circumstances like that again?

REID: As long as I am the Leader, the
answer's no. I think we should just forget that. That is a black chapter
in the history of the Senate. I hope we never, ever get to that again
because I really do believe it will ruin our country. I said during that
debate that in all my years in government, that was the most important
thing I ever worked on.'


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