"By filibustering ten qualified judicial nominees in only sixteen months, our Democratic colleagues have broken this unwritten rule. This is not the first time a minority of senators has upset a Senate tradition or practice and the current Senate majority intends to do what the majority in the Senate has often done: use it's constitutional authority under Article 1, section 5 to reform Senate procedure by a simple majority vote."
"We thought he said if you like the Senate rules, you can keep them. But instead…they just broke the Senate rules in order to exercise the power grab. Talk about a manufactured crisis: we’ve confirmed 215 judges and defeated two. We took exactly the same view Senate Democrats took during the Bush Administration: that there was no rationale for increasing the membership of the DC Circuit. Exactly the same rationale, a letter signed by Schumer and Kennedy and others, saying there was no need for additional judges. So I would sum it up as a sad day in the history of the Senate...and after today ‘advise and consent’ probably means to them 100% consent.”