Definition of nuclear option
- … it is now unimaginable that we would use anything approaching the full measure of our military power (the nuclear option aside) in the wars we fight.
- —Shelby Steele
- The EU has most leverage over countries that are desperate to join. Once in the club, with full voting rights, countries can answer back, leaving their peers with only the nuclear option of trying to expel them.
- —The Economist
- Since Republicans can't muster the 60 votes necessary to overcome this particular filibuster, they now want to use their authority over Senate procedures to abolish the maneuver itself, at least for judicial nominees. Exercising this "nuclear option," as it is known, would theoretically require the support of just a simple majority of senators, which Republican leaders say they are on the verge of solidifying.
- —Jonathan Cohn