Washington • Utah's GOP Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee sit are outraged at the Senate change to filibuster rules that clears the way for swift approval of President Barack Obama's nominees.
Both Republicans sit on the Judiciary Committee and Hatch, a former chairman, said the 52-48 unilateral rule change by majority Democrats shows they have consolidated power more than "any majority has had in more than 200 years" and hurt the Senate in the process.
"They have in the most disingenuous way done long-term institutional damage for short-term political gain," Hatch said in a statement for the Senate record. "This majority wants everything to go their way, and will do anything to make that happen."