Washington, DC – In response to the news that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will not run for reelection, the Fix the Senate Now coalition issued the following statement:
“Among the most important and timeless components of Senator Reid’s legacy will be the November 2013 Senate rules reform that he helped shepherd through the upper chamber.
Thanks to Senator Reid’s leadership and the tireless work of reform minded Senators and outside supporters, the Senate adopted sensible reforms to move the chamber back closer to its historical roots. As even Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell – then the leader of the Republican Senate Minority – now states, ‘it’s long been historical precedent that a simple majority of senators – not 60 – have been able to confirm presidential nominees.’
Senator Reid’s leadership directly led to the confirmation of dozens of executive branch and judicial nominees, strengthening the health of the Senate and the basic workings of government. Further, Senator Reid’s example makes viable future Senate reforms to keep moving the chamber in a functional direction closer to the framers’ intentions.”