Today, Representative Mark Sanford released the following statement regarding the Senate vote to invoke the "nuclear option":
"The Senate Democrats' vote today to end filibusters for most presidential nominees is an unprecedented action, and another example of how the political process in Washington is breaking down," Sanford said.
"For one, the Senate has had a tradition of careful deliberation that's been around for over 200 years. It's a slow moving process that can be frustrating at times, but ultimately the rules have worked for every single Congress for the last two centuries. The idea that Senate Democrats in 2013 can decide to change the rules written in 1787 just because they don't like what's happening is incredibly troubling."
"Second, we're increasingly seeing a top-down system taking over in Washington. The entire point of the Senate is to listen to the views of the minority yet removing the right of the minority to filibuster means that their views matter less than those controlling the debate. There are real concerns here no matter who's in power, and I think we can't take those concerns lightly."
"Today's vote seems to me to be part of a larger problem with the political process in Washington. Whether it's the recent abuses of power by the executive branch, or the tendency to budget via Continuing Resolution, the overall trend is concerning. I think we ought to carefully consider how these actions are affecting the underlying political process."