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    Budget reconciliation is the “nuclear option”


    The “nuclear option” is the elimination of filibusters for judicial nominations

    The term "nuclear option" was coined by Republicans to describe a process to change Senate filibuster rules. The term was originated by former Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS), one of the leading advocates of a 2005 proposal to change the Senate rules on filibusters for judicial nominations. After initially being used by Republicans, GOP senators began to attribute it to Democrats.

    In 2010, when congressional Democrats used a legislative maneuver known as budget reconciliation to help pass health care reform, opponents attempted to rebrand reconciliation as “the nuclear option.”