Biden: ‘Worth Considering’ Senate Nuclear Option For Nominees

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October 31, 2013 10:24 a.m.

Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that it might be a good idea to change the rules of the Senate for nominee confirmations, known as the “nuclear option,” according to the Huffington Post.

“I think it’s worth considering,” Biden told reporters after he was asked if nominations should only need a simple majority, as opposed to requiring 60 votes.

On Thursday Republicans blocked two of President Obama’s nominations by voting against cloture. Patricia Millett was nominated to serve on the D.C. Circuit Court and Rep. Mel Watt’s (D-NC) was nominated to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Biden told reporters that Watt is completely qualified to become chief of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

“Mel Watt is absolutely, totally, thoroughly qualified and it’s a gigantic disappointment,” Biden said. 

Multiple Democratic senators said Thursday that they also felt that a rules change will be necessary.

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