Current Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) pulled the trigger on the so-called "nuclear option" last month, after Senate Republicans consecutively filibustered three of Obama's nominees to the powerful D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
"Certainly Senator Reid and the majority recognize that the time has come for us to end the abuse that has now been occurring with regard to nominations in particular. It goes on," Daschle said. "We've seen a record number of filibusters and cloture votes over the course of the last several years. But I think the key is finding ways with which to ensure that we can move forward, and nominations were a good beginning."