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  • VIDEO: How Harry Reid's Power Grab Would Harm the Senate

    Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) visited The Heritage Foundation Tuesday to underscore the importance and tradition of Senate rules and warn against the blatant power grab by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to rewrite the rules using the “nuclear option.”

    “Really, this is a question about whether the Senate continues to play the role that the Senate has always played in our system—we don’t have a parliamentary system—we have a unique creature we created all on our own and both the House and Senate have a purpose,” Blunt said at Heritage’s weekly Bloggers Briefing.

    That purpose is to provide a steadying force in political waters, balancing the immediacy and responsiveness of the House with the more deliberative nature of the Senate.

    Blunt served in the House for 14 years in a variety of leadership positions, including majority whip and interim majority leader. “I like the House. The majority rules. The House is very responsive to the last election,” Blunt said.

    In contrast, Blunt emphasized the role of the Senate as a deliberative body.

    “[It’s] the place where you say, ‘We’re going to think about this,’ and it takes more than one election, normally, to make a big change in the Senate,” he said.

    “They [Democrats] will have to first break the rules to change the rules,” Blunt said, referring to attempts by the majority party to prevent Senate deliberation on Republican amendments.

    Blunt explained that Democrats could ignore Senate parliamentarian rulings for a two-thirds vote required for changing the procedural rules in the legislative body.

    “The rules of the Senate are still adequate for the Senate to do its job. It’s just that you need to follow the rules of the Senate,” Blunt argued. A change in the rules now could mean further changes to how the Senate votes, including moving the requirement for most measures, confirmations, or other Senate business to just a simple majority.

    “You don’t have any of the restraint in the system that the Senate constitutionally has provided since the House and Senate both began to function,” Blunt concluded.

    Blunt unveiled a new website, Stop the Nuclear Option, which features a video of Reid opposing a rules change in 2005 yet advocating for it this year.

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    6 Responses to VIDEO: How Harry Reid's Power Grab Would Harm the Senate

    1. patty7025 says:

      Sen Blunt…I hope you..McConnell…McCain all have to say buh bye to the Country! You and your cronies are out of touch with reality! You are wallowing in your own GREED! DAMN YOU!

    2. joshleefolsom says:

      I heard Reid wants to restore the traditional filibuster and make people talk endlessly again like in the old days — what's wrong with that?

    3. Bobbie says:

      Maybe it's time for Mr. Reid to retire. He can't seem to follow the rules written that doesn't discriminate in his favor with shows of disrespect and noncompliance to rules written that support America's principles.

    4. Lloyd Scallan says:

      We ask the question how can Reid, or any other two-bit politician have that power. Then we answer with two simple words, Republican Party. With the likes of McConnell, McCain, and many other RINOs that forced Romney down our throats then openly condemned any conservative in the race that could have been an alterative to Obama, we realize the true trouble we are all in.

      • Bob W. says:

        And these spineless, clueless Republican leaders having passed on chances to stand up are now helpless because of their own continual compromise. Don't forget that the reason we got Obama the first time was because our other choice was either McCain or third party. These Republicans never learn.

    5. Herb says:

      Reid is following the lead of his President, which is, "to hell with the rules, it's either my way or the highway." If Congress refuses to pass an act that Obama proposes, he initiates it anyway via an Executive Order. Example: Congress refused to pass the Dream Act. So Obama issued an Executive Order not to deport certain illegal immigrants. This example, along with others, can be found in the WSJ edition of July 5, 2012. If accusations of Obama's were untrue, the WSJ would be spending most of their time in court fighting liable issues.

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