Mitch McConnell Was FOR Filibuster Reform Before He Was AGAINST It


Mitch McConnell
McConnell in 2005:
"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."

Mitch McConnell
McConnell in 2013:
"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.”


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