No rule change for Mattis?They're lining up to try to stop Mattis from becoming the Secretary of Defense.
"You can't just change the rules," they say. "It wouldn't be fair. It wouldn't be right."
I'm curious though, why didn't the same ban on rule changes apply in 2013, when Democratic leader Harry Reid changed Senate rules, unilaterally, to prohibit filibustering executive branch and judicial nominees? Changing the rules has a long and storied history. Below is a quick history of high-level "rule changes". Tell me again how we don't change the rules ...
2011 Majority Changes House Rules 1995 Strict Gift Restrictions Adopted 1987 Senate Rules Shape the Struggle for Power 1983 Democrats Make Changes in House Rules 1983 Changes in Senate Rules Recommended 1980 ‘Sunset’ Legislation 1978 Sunset Legislation 1977 Senate Filibuster Rule 1974 House Rules Changes 1967 House Votes 233–185 to Repeal 21-Day Rule; Senate Defeats Move to Revise Cloture Rule 1967 House Rules 1966 House Rules 1965 Senate Cloture Rule 1965 House Rules Changes Enhance Majority Rule 1964 Senate Rules Changes 1963 Minor Senate Rules 1961 Senate Rules Unchanged 1959 Senate Rules Change 1957 Senate Rules 1955 House Committee Rules 1953 Senate, House Vote on Rules 1951 House Rules Change 1950 House Rules Change 1949 House Rules Change 1945 House Rules Committee