The so-called "nuclear option" has happened in the Senate, changing filibuster rules. The vote was 52-48.
FOX News Radio's Jared Halpern reports from Capitol Hill:
It's known as the "nuclear option", a major change in Senate rules to limit filibusters of Presidential nominees.
(Reid) "For too long, Washington has been in gridlock, gridlock, gridlock."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Republican obstructionism has stood in the way of qualified judges and agency chiefs. So now, nominations, except for those to the U.S. Supreme Court will face only simple majority votes, instead of a 60 vote threshold.
(McConnell) "In order to distract attention away from Obamacare, the Senate has just broken the rules in order to change the rules."
Republican Leader Mitch McConnell calling the rules change nothing more than a power grab.
On Capitol Hill, Jared Halpern, FOX News Radio.
President Obama addressed the Senate's vote Thursday, WATCH: