Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said in a Thursday interview he has no regrets about eliminating the Senate filibuster, saying it allowed Democrats to confirm President Barack Obama’s Cabinet officials and to pass landmark legislation including the Affordable Care Act.
“Absolutely not,” Reid said in response to a question from CNN’s Jake Tapper about whether he regretted the move. “Obama had been elected president, and they [the Republicans] set out to do two things. Number one, he would not be reelected. And number two, anything Obama tried to do, they opposed.”
Senate Democrats under Reid’s leadership voted to use the “nuclear option” in 2013, eliminating the filibuster for executive branch nominees and federal judicial nominees. In 2017, Senate Republicans