The threat made by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to use the 'nuclear option' was pulled back from the brink Tuesday morning thanks to days of intense negotiations with his former nemesis, GOP Sen. John McCain, Politico reports
With his relationship with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., reportedly at an all-time low, Reid has counted more and more on a group of McCain-led senators to get work done.
Three times this year, when it came to big issues such as immigration, guns and the nuclear-option fight, McCain became the Republican Reid placed his trust in more than any other.
“We have a long history,” McCain said of his relationship with Reid.
“We have had our clashes and our words that we wish we hadn’t [said] about each other. But there’s a bond that’s very deep and long between us.”
Their careers run parallel, as well.
McCain and Reid were both elected to the House in 1982 and to the Senate in 1986.
The two men have had well-publicized feuds. In 2008, Reid told a reporter: “I can’t stand John McCain.”
But on the Senate floor Tuesday, after he and McCain announced the deal that preserves the right to filibuster presidential nominees and abandons the nuclear option, Reid paid McCain a high compliment.
“No one was able to break through but for him,” Reid said.
“And he does it at his own peril.”
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