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              Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. gestures as he speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 4, 2013, following a Democratic strategy session.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

McConnell warns Harry Reid tombstone will say he ruined the Senate

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell warned Harry Reid on Thursday that the Democratic majority leader’s “tombstone” will say he “presided over the end of the Senate” if he “caves to the fringes” and changes Senate rules to make it easier to confirm administration appointees.

“No Majority Leader wants written on his tombstone that he presided over the end of the Senate,” McConnell warned from the Senate floor on Thursday, blasting Reid for suggesting that he will invoke the “nuclear option.”

“Well, if this Majority Leader caves to the fringes and let’s this happen, I’m afraid that’s exactly what they’ll write,” McConnell argued.

The “nuclear option” means Reid would push through new Senate rules where it would only take 51 votes to end a filibuster on administration appointees.

“It is a disturbing trend when Republicans are willing to block executive branch nominees even when they have no objection to the qualifications of the nominee,” Reid said.

McConnell, the Kentucky Republican, said of the nuclear option: “I just hope the Majority Leader thinks about his legacy, the future of his party, and – most importantly – the future of our country before he acts.”

“Senate Democrats are gearing up today to make one of the most consequential changes to the United States Senate in the history of our nation,” he said. “And I guarantee you, it is a decision that, if they actually go through with it, they will live to regret.”

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