Nothing defines members of congress more accurately than how they vote on key issues. Far more often than not, you’ll find Tom Udall’s votes on the “wrong” side of important bills! Reference supporting article links below.
What This Vote Does:
Traditionally, the Senate has had a rule that any Presidential nominees for positions must meet a 67 Senator vote approval to be confirmed. This has been in place for over fifty years. Both parties, until this year, have honored this rule. This vote was to KEEP the existing rule and not change the number of Senators required to uphold a Presidential nomination to 51 instead of 67.
What Vote Aids Middle America: “Yes”
By requiring only a simple majority of Senators to confirm judicial and other Presidential nominations, it denies the opposition party a chance to fully vet these nominations and have a say in whether they are confirmed. The opposition party is elected by American citizens and you cannot take away their responsibility to oppose nominees who are ideologically opposed to their constituents. What are the Democrats going to do if they lose the Senate and have no chance to oppose any of the nominees of their own President? Why not lower the vote threshold to 60 instead of 67? Why effectively neuter the opposition party who have a duty to oppose radical nominees that do not serve a more moderate American public?
What Tom Udall Voted: “No”
Tom Udall pushed for the change to the filibuster rule and loudly proclaims himself against the obstructionism of the opposing party. What he has done is deliberately changed Senate rules to take away minority rights and prerogatives. What he has done is used a blunt club to beat debate and honest difference of opinion. Tom Udall doesn’t want fair; he wants the edge. Thomas Udall doesn’t want compromise; he wants his way or the highway. Tom Udall has never been non-partisan and , as the most liberal Senator in the Senate, pushes his ideology in Washington and runs as a moderate back home in New Mexico. Shame on Tom!