Harry Reid says nuking filibuster rules in 2013 helped Democrats pass Obamacare

Harry Reid says nuking filibuster rules in 2013 helped Democrats pass Obamacare


Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Friday he doesn’t regret overhauling the chamber’s filibuster rules in 2013 for certain judgeships and executive nominations.

In fact, he said it helped Democrats muscle through high-profile legislation Congress had already passed years earlier.

“We had no choice,” the Nevada Democrat said on MSNBC. “Did I regret it? No, I’m glad we did it. It made Obama’s presidency remarkable.”

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He said that as a result of the rules changes, Democrats managed to get more than 100 judges and a number of Cabinet officers approved.

“Just as importantly, we were able as a result of that change I made get the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, approved,” he said.

Former President Barack Obama signed Obamacare into law in March 2010.

Mr. Reid also cited the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul bill, which passed in 2010, and the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which was the first bill Mr. Obama signed into law as president.

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