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Harry Reid Stands By Rule Change That Will Hurt Democrats Under President Trump | The Huffington Post EDITION US عربي (Arabi) Australia Brasil Canada Deutschland España France Ελλάδα (Greece) India Italia 日本 (Japan) 한국 (Korea) Maghreb México Québec (En Francais) South Africa United Kingdom United States NEWS Highline Science Education Weird News Business TestKitchen Tech College Media POLITICS Pollster Heroin Epidemic Donald Trump Racial Inequality US Senate Election Results HuffPost Hill Police Brutality Hate Crimes Supreme Court Congress So That Happened ENTERTAINMENT Entertainment Comedy Celebrity TV Arts + Culture Backspace Movies LIFESTYLE Healthy Living Travel Style Taste Home Relationships Sleep IMPACT Reclaim Project Zero HuffPost RYOT Good News VOICES Black Voices Latino Voices Women Fifty Queer Voices Parents VIDEO ALL SECTIONS Arts + Culture Black Voices Books Business Candidate Confessional Celebrity College Comedy Crime Divorce Dolce Vita Eat the Press Education Election Results Entertainment Fifty Good News Green Healthy Living Highline Home Horoscopes HuffPost Data HuffPost Hill Impact Latino Voices Media Newsletters Outspeak Parents Politics Pollster Queer Voices Religion Science Small Business So That Happened Sports Style Taste Tech Teen TestKitchen Travel TV Weddings Weird News Women FEATURED OWN Paving the Way The Power Of Humanity Retire Well Sleep + Wellness What's Working: Purpose + Profit WorldPost POLITICS 12/08/2016 02:12 pm ET Harry Reid Stands By Rule Change That Will Hurt Democrats Under President Trump Scrapping the filibuster for top federal posts was the right thing to do, the Democratic leader maintains. By Daniel Marans Ethan Miller/Getty Images Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the outgoing Senate Minority Leader, is proud that he made it easier to confirm federal judges and executive appointments. 40 Outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) defended 2013 legislation that effectively eliminated the use of the filibuster to block a president’s nominees for the federal bench and other top executive appointments. Reid wrote in a New York Times column on Thursday that the rule change created a “fairer, more open and more productive Senate .” The rule change, which Senate Democrats passed while they still held a majority, allowed President Barack Obama to seat many federal judges and nominees for key agencies like the National Labor Relations Board with a simple majority rather than the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster. Prior to that, Senate Republicans had filibustered a historically high number  of Obama’s federal nominees. Democrats lost their Senate majority in 2014. But the diminished power of the Senate minority will become more relevant in 2017, when President-elect Donald Trump will need only a simple majority to seat his nominees. The modification does not apply to Supreme Court nominees, which can still be filibustered. Reid acknowledged that the new rules would make things more challenging for Democrats, but insisted that it was still the right thing to do. “I doubt any of us envisioned Donald J. Trump’s becoming the first president to take office under the new rules. But what was fair for President Obama is fair for President Trump,” Reid wrote. “To be sure, persuading a majority of the Senate to your side is harder than blocking a confirmation on a procedural vote. But it is also fairer,” he added. Reid also counseled his Senate peers to use the filibuster more sparingly on legislation in his farewell speech on Thursday morning. Senate rules continue to allow senators to use the filibuster to block legislation, rather than a president’s nominees. “I do hope my colleagues are able to temper their use of the filibuster,” Reid said. Barring that, Reid predicted, the filibuster “will be gone. It will be gone first on nominations, then it will be gone on legislation.” “This is something you have to work on together,” he concluded. “Because if you continue to use it the way it’s been used recently, it’s going to really affect this institution a lot.” Do you have information you want to share with the Huffington Post? Here’s how. ALSO ON HUFFPOST Suggest a correction Daniel Marans Reporter, Huffington Post MORE: Harry Reid Senate Democrats Filibuster CONVERSATIONS Close SUBSCRIBE TO & FOLLOW TRUMP'S FIRST 100 DAYS How will Trump’s first 100 days impact you? Learn more Newsletter 2.07 M 1.16 M 473 K Podcast Add us on Snapchat Harry Reid Stands By Rule Change That Will Hurt Democrats Under President Trump 40 NEW! HIGHLIGHT AND SHARE Highlight text to share via Facebook and Twitter Advertise RSS Careers FAQ User Agreement Privacy Comment Policy About Us About Our Ads Contact Us Archive Copyright © 2017 TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc.    "The Huffington Post" is a registered trademark of TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc. All rights reserved. Part of HuffPost • HPMG News