U.S. Senator Katie Britt Statement on Rules Committee Action Regarding Senate Consideration of Military Nominations

November 14, 2023

‘So-called ‘temporary’ rule change would forever damage the institution’

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 14, 2024 – U.S. Senator Katie Britt (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Rules Committee, today released the following statement on the committee’s party-line vote to advance a resolution that would alter the longstanding rules and norms of the Senate by allowing en masse consideration of certain Senate-confirmable nominees for the duration of the 118th Congress.

“The action taken today by my Democratic colleagues on the Senate Rules Committee is an ill-advised erosion of the institution of the Senate and the core Constitutional role the chamber should play in providing appropriate advice and consent. Fundamentally changing the rules of this institution, even temporarily, sets a dangerous precedent that undermines our nation’s tried-and-true system of checks and balances,” Senator Britt said. “The Senate rules are designed to ensure the minority party has a true voice—not to whimsically bend to benefit Democrats’ wishes at any given moment in time. Ultimately, rules are real rules only if they’re applied evenly across the board, blind to which party is in power. And let’s face reality—when Democrats are in the majority, they’re happy to throw the minority party’s rights down the drain to achieve their short-term partisan agenda; yet, when Democrats are in the minority, they would never cede those same rights. This so-called ‘temporary’ rule change would forever damage the institution of the Senate.”