GOP Senator: Nuclear Option Is ‘Obamacare II’

A Republican senator couldn’t resist comparing the historic filibuster changes to the GOP’s favorite punching bag.

After Senate Democrats triggered the so-called “nuclear option” on Thursday to eliminate the filibuster for executive branch and judicial nominees (save for the Supreme Court), Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said the move was a sequel to Obamacare.

“This action today creates a perpetual opportunity for the tyranny of the majority because it permits a majority in this body to do whatever it wants to do any time it wants to do it,” Alexander said during a floor speech. “This should be called Obamacare II, because it is another example of the use of raw partisan political party for the majority to do whatever it wants to do any time it wants to do it.”

Republicans asserted Thursday that the rule change was a ploy by Democrats to distract from the problems associated with the health care law.

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