“Go Nuclear?” No Thank You

Go Nuclear.

Not really the words you want to hear coming out of your president’s mouth.But what does it mean in terms of what President Trump expressed to Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell?

The president would like his Supreme Court nominee to be confirmed.

This will require that at least 60 senators vote for him. In this case that means 52 Republicans vote in favor, plus 8 Democrats.

Democrats have vowed to filibuster the vote, delay it by extending debate until a compromise is reached or they run out of energy. The longest filibuster in the history of Congress was by Senator Strom Thurmond in 1957. He spoke for 24 hours and 18 minutes to delay passage of the Civil Rights Act.

President Trump is encouraging the Republican majority in the Senate to change the rules so that only the Republican majority need to vote, 52 votes, in order to confirm his nominee.

It’s like changing the rules in the middle of a card game to ensure that you win.

It erodes the power of the Senate and concentrates the powers of the president, upsetting the very delicate balance of the 3 branches of government which ensures the best decisions for the people of the U.S.

What to do?

Call your Republican Senators. Encourage them not to “Go Nuclear,” now or ever.

https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

 

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About Frances Wiedenhoeft

After a lifetime in nursing, anesthesia and the Army I now write, blog, attend school for journalism and massage, and watch my 3 grandchildren. I am a veteran of Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan and try to serve other vets such as myself, and to work for peace.
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