Washington, D.C. – Former Senator Olympia Snowe and former Secretary Dan Glickman, co-chairs of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Commission on Political Reform, released the following statement following today’s vote to invoke the nuclear option:
“Today’s historic change to Senate rules escalates what is already a hyper-partisan atmosphere in Washington, which is already preventing Congress from addressing our nation’s most significant challenges.
“The current threshold of 60 votes to end a filibuster is an important protection of minority party rights in the Senate. At the same time, repeated blocking of judicial nominees from up-or-down votes runs counter to the president’s constitutional prerogative to choose nominees and the appropriate exercise of the Senate’s advice and consent role. It is therefore deeply regrettable that a solution was not worked out prior to today’s vote.
“These developments, following on the heels of the October government shutdown, only contribute to America’s increasing dissatisfaction with Congress. Reforms in the use of the filibuster are one of the many possibilities the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Commission on Political Reform is considering. But any alterations of rules or practices should be done judiciously, after careful consideration and with a balanced approach that incorporates views from all sides.”