Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain was credited by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid with playing a crucial role in the filibuster pact.
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July 16, 2013 Forced to choose between a tyranny of the majority or a tyranny of the minority, the Senate went with custom and chose the latter.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid walks with Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois (right) after a joint caucus meeting on Monday.
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July 16, 2013 The vote signaled that the chamber had resolved a dramatic showdown on the rules governing White House nominations.
July 15, 2013 Lawmakers are meeting behind closed doors. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has said he'll change Senate rules to make filibusters harder unless Republicans agree to vote on stalled nominations.
July 15, 2013 Sen. Harry Reid's current reality seems to give him few choices other than threatening to change the Senate's rules to restrict the use of filibusters.
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