Flake says 60-vote rule should continue
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.