Reid leaned into the issue on Tuesday when he was asked by reporters if he is considering pursuing the "nuclear option" — a unilateral change to Senate rules by a majority vote.
"We need to do something to allow government to function," Reid said. "I'm considering looking at the rules. Let me just give a mini, mini-lecture on this. The Founding Fathers never had any place in the Constitution about filibusters are extended debate."
"All this sacred nature of this filibuster? I think what we need and what the American people want is to get things done around here," he added.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the GOP is simply doing its duty on rejecting court nominees they believe are unnecessary and seemed unworried about the ‘nuclear option' talk, noting that threats to the minority's powers have historically fallen short.
"If advise and consent means anything at all, then occasionally there's going to be a situation where consent is not given," McConnell said. "Majorities of both sides over the years have resisted the temptation to break the rules to change the rules."