Sen. Mike Johanns says a change in the rules that govern the United States Senate might seem like inside baseball, but will have very real consequences.
Johanns bemoans the change in Senate rules, a change made by Senate Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, which allows presidential nominees to be approved by simple majority, a break in the long tradition of the Senate.
Johanns, a Republican, says the real fight is over the make-up of the influential federal court of appeals in Washington, D.C., the first court to hear objections to rules imposed by the administration.
“Many Democrats have just publicly acknowledged that what they were doing was stacking the court so this court would now rubber-stamp the president’s extreme policies,” Johanns says.
Johanns points out it was the D.C. court that found President Barack Obama violated the Constitution by making recess appointments when the Senate was not in recess.
Johanns says the rule change essentially eliminates the Senate duty of providing advice to the president and consent on his nominees.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]