Flake says 60-vote rule should con­tinue

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Sally Per­sons

Sen. Jeff Flake said Mon­day that chang­ing the Se­nate rules to in­voke the nu­clear op­tion “would be a mis­take,” push­ing the Se­nate to ex­tremes ev­ery time the ma­jor­ity changed hands

The so-called nu­clear op­tion would al­low Repub­li­cans to pass con­tro­ver­sial bills like health care with a sim­ple 51 ma­jor­ity in­stead of a 60 vote re­quire­ment.

“We are at our best in the Se­nate when we work across the aisle,” the Ari­zona Repub­li­can said on CBS News, ar­gu­ing that the rules are in place for a rea­son.

“I don’t want to lurch back and forth ev­ery cou­ple of years from one ex­treme to the other,” he said.

Mr. Flake has a new book, “Con­science of a Con­ser­va­tive: A Re­jec­tion of De­struc­tive Pol­i­tics and a Re­turn to Prin­ci­ple,” on the 2016 elec­tion and how the Ari­zona se­na­tor sees his party aban­don­ing con­ser­va­tive prin­ci­ples.

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