During an appearance on ABC's "This Week," U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar declared her support for Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's plan to overhaul the filibuster as it applies to executive branch nominees.
Reid wants to employ the so-called nuclear option -- changing the rules so executive branch nominees can no longer be blocked by filibusters requiring 60 votes to break.
"I think a president should have the right to put their team out there. They're going to put up a few nominees that may fail in committee or may have a scandal and then their own party won't want to vote for them," Klobuchar told "This Week" host George Stephanopoulus.
"But for the most part, I don't understand why for these nominees. I'm not talking about judges here, I'm talking about the president's team, of which there are currently over 180 people that are just pending right now before the Senate for Executive Office nominations. Why can't we just do 51 votes is beyond me."
Such a move could pave the route to confirmation for President Obama's nominees, including Minnesota U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones, his choice to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
But Republicans and Democrats alike have warned that "going nuclear" could turn the Senate into the House, the chamber where a simple majority reigns supreme.
The Senate is scheduled to meet tonight on Capitol Hill to discuss possible changes to the filibuster rules.
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