Senate Democrats forced through a landmark change - known as the ''nuclear option'' - dramatically shrinking the power of Republicans to block presidential appointments, a move that drew outrage from GOP lawmakers.
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Can anyone say that senators are working now. I don't think so. Today Democrats and independents are saying. Enough is enough. They're currently 75 executive branch nominations. Ready to be confirmed by the senate and completing an average 440 days confirmation. It's bad for our country it's time to -- senate before this institution becomes obsolete. Once again senate Democrats are threatening to break the rules of the flat out. Break the rules of the senate. In order to change the rules of the sun. Bit of my friends only others value or growth of any mayor read a lot sooner than -- fact. Leahy. Marquee. McCaskill. Mark -- Murphy. Murray on this vote. These days -- 52. Days of 48. These senators sustained the decision to jail we know that there are folks there Republican and Democrat -- And frankly privately they've expressed to me there recognition that the system in the senate have broken down. And what used to be -- sporadic. Exercise of the filibuster has gotten completely out. I believe. I'm confident that that spirit will -- a little more space. I want us to make sure that we could do more work together to grow the economy and create jobs. Then senator Barack Obama on April 1 2005 went on to say. What they don't expect is for one party. The Republican or Democrat to change the rules in the middle of the game. So that they can make all the decisions while the other party is told to sit down and keep quiet. I ask my colleagues what -- we just told to do today.