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Report: Senate To Go Nuclear 'As Soon As Today'

8:27 AM, Nov 21, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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The Senate is preparing to go nuclear, according to the Huffington Post. Which is to say: Harry Reid wants to change Senate rules in order to roll Republicans who he believes are getting in his way.

"The Senate could go nuclear as soon as Thursday morning, according to Democratic Senate sources close to the decision," reports the Huffington Post.

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is prepared to change Senate rules that currently require 60 votes to break a filibuster by invoking cloture. Under Reid's new rules, only a simple majority would be required for all executive and judicial nominees other than those to the Supreme Court. Reid is meeting Thursday afternoon with progressive advocates of rules reform.

For years, as reformers in the Senate pushed for a rules change, they encountered resistance from veteran senators such as Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy (D-Vt.), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and even Reid himself, who all defended Senate tradition and also warned about turnabout once the GOP inevitably gained control of the chamber.

But the Senate's inability to function, and the GOP's steadfast opposition to appointing any new judges to the powerful D.C. Circuit Court, has worn down Democratic opposition to a rules change, leaving Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) as the lone outspoken opponent.

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