Nov 21 2013

Shelby Opposes Senate Democrats' Power Grab

Shelby Opposes Senate Democrats' Power Grab

WASHINGTON, DC – Thursday, November 21, 2013 -- U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today firmly opposed adoption of the so-called nuclear option, a blatant power grab by Democrats that changes Senate rules for the consideration of most executive and judicial branch nominations. The rule change allows for the approval of objectionable presidential nominees on a simple majority vote instead of the 60-vote threshold long respected by both parties when in power.  This drastic move sets a dangerous precedent that could later be expanded to speed passage of expansive and controversial legislation.

“Senate Democrats voted to force Obamacare on the American people,” said Shelby.  “Despite that disastrous exercise of power, they have now voted to give themselves even more of it.”

“If Democrats think that they deserve more power, they should earn it from voters at the polls in 2014, not swipe it with a drastic rule change in the Senate today.”

“Unfortunately, this radical move will allow President Obama to stack the executive and judicial branches with radical individuals who will do anything to preserve the terrible legislation that bears his name.

“And make no mistake; today’s power grab is just the beginning.”