Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) released the following statement Monday after 14 senators struck a deal to avert the nuclear option and allow votes on certain judicial nominees.
√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√?‚??There is good news for every American in this agreement.√?‚?? ¬† The so-called ‘nuclear option’ is off the table.√?‚?? ¬† This is a significant victory for our country, for democracy, and for all Americans.√?‚?? ¬† Checks and balances in our government have been preserved.
√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√?‚??The integrity of future Supreme Courts has been protected from the undue influences of a vocal, radical faction of the right that is completely out of step with mainstream America.√?‚?? ¬† That was the intent of the Republican ‘nuclear option’ from the beginning. √?‚?? ¬†Tonight, the Senate has worked its will on behalf of reason, responsibility and the greater good.√?‚?? ¬†
√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√?‚??Abuse of power will not be tolerated, and attempts to trample the Constitution and grab absolute control are over.√?‚?? ¬† We are a separate and equal branch of government.√?‚?? ¬† That is our Founding Fathers√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ę vision, and one we hold dear.
√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√?‚??I offered Senator Frist several options similar to this compromise, and while he was not able to agree, I am pleased that some responsible Republicans and my colleagues were able to put aside their differences and work from the center.√?‚?? ¬† I do not support several of the judges that have been agreed to because their views and records display judicial activism that jeopardize individual rights and freedoms.√?‚?? ¬† But other troublesome nominees have been turned down. And, most importantly, the U.S. Senate retains the checks and balances to ensure all voices are heard in our democracy.
√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√?‚??I am grateful to my colleagues who worked so hard to achieve this agreement.√?‚?? ¬† I am hopeful that we can quickly turn to work on the people√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs business.√?‚?? ¬† We need to ensure our troops have the resources they need to fight in Iraq and that Americans are free from terrorism.√?‚?? ¬† We need to protect retiree√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs pensions and long-term retirement security.√?‚?? ¬† We need to expand health care opportunities for all families.√?‚?? ¬† We need to address rising gasoline prices and energy independence. √?‚?? ¬†And we need to restore fiscal responsibility and rebuild our economy so that it lifts up all American workers.√?‚?? ¬† That is our reform agenda, the people√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs reform agenda.√?‚?? ¬† Together, we can get the job done.√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨ ¬Ě√?‚?? ¬†