Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday said he backed efforts by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to trigger the so-called “nuclear option.”
“Yes, I do,” said Biden, during a visit to a sandwich shop in downtown D.C., where reporters asked him if he backed the filibuster reforms.
Reid on Thursday said he was prepared to propose a change to rules that would block Republicans from forcing a 60-vote threshold and filibustering any nominations other than those for the Supreme Court.
The radical change to Senate rules comes after GOP senators blocked a trio of Obama nominees to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The fight over filibuster rules has been brewing for months though as Republicans delayed a slew of administration nominees. Reid’s change would allow nominees to be confirmed with 51 votes, a bare Senate majority.