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Thomas Roberts

Senate close to invoking nuclear option on filibuster reform

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In an effort to keep partisan gridlock from further delaying federal nominations, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is set to deploy the so-called “nuclear option,” which would allow a simple majority to change the Senate rules instead of the 67 senators who are normally required. The move is certain to add tension to the already fraught relationship between the majority leader and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. NBC’S Kelly O’Donnell has the latest on the standoff.Jul.15.2013

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