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Scathing Speech Against Filibuster Reform VIDEO Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D Nev.
) raised the possibility of a mid session rules change on the Senate floor Thursday, suggesting that he and Democrats were ready to explore using the "nuclear option" to prevent Republicans from filibustering White House nominees to agency and cabinet positions. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R Ky.) clearly believes Reid is about to destroy the Senate. Here's a transcript of his speech, as prepared for delivery: "Senate Democrats are gearing up today to make one of the most consequential changes to the United States Senate in the history of our nation. And I guarantee you, it is a decision that, if they actually go through with it, they will live to regret. "It's an open secret at this point that Big Labor and others on the Left are putting a lot of pressure on Senate Democrats to change the rules of the Senate and to do so by breaking the rules. "That would violate every protection of minority rights that have defined the United States Senate for as long as anyone can remember. "Let me assure you: this Pandora's Box, once opened, will be utilized again and again by future majorities and it will make the meaningful consensus building that has served our nation so well a relic of the past. "The short term issue that's triggered this dangerous and far reaching proposal is simple enough: the Hard Left is so convinced that every one of the President's nominees should just sail through the confirmation process, that they're willing to do permanent, irreversible damage to this institution in order to get their way. And they've apparently convinced the Majority Leader to do their bidding as they hijack the Senate. "They're not interested in checks and balances. They're not interested in advice and consent. They're not even interested in what this would mean down the road when Republicans are the ones making the nominations. They want the power. They want it now. And they don't care about the consequences. "This ends justifies the means ethos has been resisted by basically every Senate Leader in pandora on sale online the past, and it's a clear and official pandora charms website unequivocal violation of the public assurances that the current Majority Leader made to the entire Senate, his constituents, and to the American people just a few months ago. What's worse, we got to this point on the basis of a fairy tale. "Obviously, the Left needed an excuse to justify such an unprecedented power grab, so they simply made up a story about Republicans blocking the President's nominees. But here's the real story: almost nothing about this tale, so often repeated around here, holds up to scrutiny. Let's look at the facts. "Since this President first took office, the Senate has confirmed 1,560 people 1,560. "The Senate has confirmed every single one of the Cabinet nominees that has been brought up for a vote this year every single one. "The President has gotten nearly three times as many judges confirmed at this point in his second term as President Bush. Here's the point. "What this whole so called crisis boils down to what it all comes down to are three nominees that the President unlawfully appointed, as confirmed by the courts. And one of those nominees had been held up by inaction over at the White House related to structural reforms that the Administration and even the nominee himself now say they are willing to work with us on. "The fact is, we've been confirming lawfully nominated folks routinely and consistently. "The Secretary of Energy was just confirmed, 97 to 0. "The Secretary of the Interior, 87 to 11. "The Secretary of the Treasury, 71 to 26. "The Secretary of State was confirmed, 94 to 3 just a few days after the Senate got his nomination. "The Secretary of Commerce was confirmed, 97 to 1. "The Secretary of Transportation was confirmed, 100 to 0. "The Director of the Office of Management and Budget was confirmed, 96 to 0. "The Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services was confirmed 91 to 7. "The Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission was confirmed by voice vote in other words, unanimously. "And what about the nominees still awaiting confirmation who have not been unlawfully appointed? Well, the Senate is ready to vote on them too, and, regretfully in my view, all of them already appear to have the votes to be confirmed. "So the Majority Leader could have already scheduled votes if that's really what he wanted to have happen. "The NLRB nominees who were not unlawfully appointed. "And, as I said, pending the expected negotiations on reforms to the CFPB, the Senate could likely confirm a Chairman to that position too. "So let's be honest about what's actually going on here. The only crisis here is the crisis that Democrats are creating with their threats to fundamentally change the Senate something the Majority Leader said just a few years ago he would 'never, pandora jewelry retail stores ever consider.
' And here's why he said pandora charms silver that because, to quote him again, going down this road is ultimately about 'removing the last check in Washington against a complete abuse of power'. "Those are the words the Majority Leader used himself, in describing the very thing he's now threatening to do.
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