It's about damn time.
The rule change would take away the right for the minority party to filibuster judicial or executive nominations, save Supreme Court nominees.
: The rule change passed.
Washington Post has a live blog going
covering the vote.
Twitter tells me three Senate Democrats have voted against changing precedent: Pryor, Manchin and Levin.
"We've wasted an unprecedented amount of time on procedural obstruction," [Reid] said [on the Senate floor]. "It's time to change the Senate before this institution becomes obsolete." He pointed out that Republicans have rejected four out of five of President Obama's nominees for the D.C. Circuit Court, while Democrats only rejected two of George W. Bush's six nominees.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wasn't going to let that stand pat. He rose to the mic and delivered Republicans' core argument: This is a distraction from Obamacare! "Obamacare was forced on the public by the administration," McConnell began, then accused Democrats of cooking up "some fake fight over judges."
Here's Pryor's statement on his vote against the rule change:
Today’s use of the ‘nuclear option’ could permanently damage the Senate and have negative ramifications for the American people. During my time in the Senate, I’ve played key roles in the Gang of 14 and other bipartisan coalitions to help us reach common-sense solutions that both sides of the aisle can support. This institution was designed to protect—not stamp out—the voices of the minority.