11.21.13

Burr: Exercise of ‘Nuclear Option’ Threatens Bipartisanship and Paves Way for More Laws Like Obamacare

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement in reaction to Majority Leader Harry Reid's move to invoke the 'nuclear option' to make major changes to the longstanding rules of the Senate:

"The American people know what they get when the Senate removes the 60-vote threshold and the minority is stripped of its rights: they get unchecked power by the Executive Branch. The President and Harry Reid might not like the American people playing a role in outcomes through the minority, but it has worked well for over 200 years. This change is a blatant attempt to change the debate about the Democrats' health care plan as the consequences of this disastrous law are felt around the country, but it has ramifications far beyond the debate surrounding Obamacare.

Rather than advance legislation and nominate judges that are capable of receiving bipartisan support in the United States Senate, the President and the Democrat majority want their legislation, their way—and they want to change the Senate rules to pack the courts with judges who agree with them. Make no mistake; these actions pave the way for more laws like Obamacare and will do lasting damage to bipartisanship, the Senate, and the nation."