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Reid digs in as Senate nears nuclear option showdown

Posted on AllSides July 15th, 2013
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid isn’t backing down from the “nuclear option” as Democrats and Republicans clash ahead of a rare meeting in the Old Senate Chamber.
The nuclear option — which would allow Reid to end filibusters of executive branch nominees with only 51 votes, rather than 60 — has consumed the Senate this month. Reid says Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republicans are attempting to cripple federal agencies they oppose, while GOP senators say any rules change would irreparably harm the Senate.

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