Democratic Majority leader Senator Harry Reid spoke at the Center for American Progress Monday morning, as part of an ongoing, explosive attempt to change Senate rules. Reid is threatening to eliminate the filibuster for executive nominations so that Republicans cannot block candidates with a simple majority. The move is dramatically known as "the nuclear option."
Test votes will begin Tuesday for seven executive nominees, including two Republican pet peeve organizations: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and The National Labor Relations Bureau.
Im his speech Monday, Reid said that the Senate should be “evolving institution,” and that it needs major reform to save it “from becoming obsolete.”
In his words:
He emphasized that he's pushing for changes in executive nominees only, not legislation or judges. Here's the Twitterverse's first take: