COCHRAN OPPOSES DEMOCRATS’ “NUCLEAR OPTION”
Miss. Senator Calls New Senate Filibuster Rule a Mistake That Diminishes Constitutional Responsibilities
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today issued the following statement regarding his strong opposition to the Senate Democratic majority’s decision to implement the so-called “nuclear option” to limit the rights of the minority in the consideration of the President’s nominees.
“The Democratic majority’s action to overturn nearly 225 years of precedent will transform how the United States Senate conducts its business, and not for the better. Allowing a simple majority to end debate is a mistake and greatly diminishes the Senate’s responsibility to provide advice and consent as set out in the Constitution. The Senate was never intended to operate like the House of Representatives or to serve as a rubber stamp for any President. This historic institution and the American people have lost something very important and special.”
• Cochran’s December 2012 “Nuclear Option” statement: http://1.usa.gov/17QzT0c