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McConnell Statement on Senate Rules


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement Thursday regarding the Senate rules:

"No party has ever broken the rules of the Senate to change those rules. I'm glad such an irreparably damaging precedent will not be set today.

"We've avoided the nuclear option, and we've reiterated that any changes to the Standing Rules of the Senate still require 67 votes to end debate.

"This is important, above all, because it means that the voices of the members of the minority party and their constituents will still be heard in the Senate. Taking away that right, as some had threatened, would have been a terrible mistake.

"So I'm glad cooler heads have prevailed here once again, and those who were clamoring for the nuclear option, most of whom have never served a day of their lives in the minority, didn't prevail.

"The second point I'd like to make is that Republicans have always thought that what was really needed around here was a change in behavior.

"Members on both sides of the aisle should be able to represent their constituents both in committees and on the floor through vigorous debate and a robust amendment process. It's my hope that as we turn to the challenges we face as a nation, the Senate can return to the way it used to operate and that all of us will be able to participate more fully in the legislative process."

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