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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.

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