WASHINGTON — The Senate’s longtime rule, the filibuster, has gone the way of the do-do bird. With that in mind, the Senate Democrats (who are in the majority) now confirmed their first nominee.
Reuters reported that the Senate approved the nomination of Patricia Millett, a former Clinton and George W. Bush Justice Department official to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia.
Republicans were livid that the Democrats rammed through the abolishing of the filibuster rule, which negated the only parliamentary rule in the Senate where a minority could stall and help the majority reconsider their policy-making decisions.
Harry Reid called the abolishing of the filibuster as his “nuclear option“, but he hopes that this will not hurt him whenever the Republican Party could gain a majority in the Senate.