McConnell Invokes Reid’s ‘Tombstone’ While Sparring Over Filibuster

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made a reference to the “tombstone” of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) if the Democrat follows through with his threat to change the rules with 51 votes — the so-called nuclear option.

“No majority leader wants written on his tombstone that he presided over the end of the Senate,” McConnell said. “Well, if this majority leader caves to the fringes and lets this happen, I’m afraid that’s exactly what they’ll write.”

“Because in his own words on the Senate, the majority leader’s own words, breaking the rules to change the rules is un-American. His words, not mine. I just hope the majority leader thinks about his legacy, the future of his party, and most importantly, the future of our country, before he acts.”

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