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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky U.S. Senator and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell responded today to threats from Majority Leader Harry Reid that the minority party's power should be limited when it comes to blocking the confirmation process of Obama's cabinet nominees.
"We have an opportunity to pull back from the brink in this joint meeting that we're going to have of all senators in the old senate chamber Monday night. I hope we'll come to our senses and not change the core of the Senate. We have never changed the rules of the Senate by breaking the rules of the senate in order to diminish the voices of individual senators. We've never done that. We sure shouldn't start it now," says McConnell.
All the Senators are meeting tomorrow to discuss a compromise.
Reid pointed out that Republicans have filibustered nominations 16 times during Obama's term.
McConnell, however, said every voice in the Senate is important and any change in power would be a "nuclear option".