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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fl., said on Tuesday evening he expects the Republican-led Senate to approve President-elect Trump's Cabinet appointments, thanks to the low grade "nuclear option" Senate Democrats enabled three years ago when they controlled the upper chamber. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fl., said on Tuesday evening he expects the Republican-led Senate to approve President-elect Trump’s Cabinet appointments, thanks to the low grade “nuclear option” Senate Democrats enabled three years ago when they controlled the upper chamber.

“If you look at the nominations, they changed the rules. And now by 51 votes we can get anybody confirmed except for the Supreme Court and so that’s why I fully anticipate that by and large, unless it’s someone – something troubling comes out, you’re going to see the president-elect get his nominees,” the recently reelected senator told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday evening.

In 2013, then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rallied Democrats to change filibuster rules to make it easier to approve President Obama’s nominees, except for the Supreme Court. Reid’s move now gives Republican lawmakers the ability to pass through even controversial nominees with a simple majority, rather than the 60 votes required to end a filibuster.

The former 2016 GOP presidential candidate also predicted Republicans will be able “to get the Supreme Court with the current rules.” Rubio said once the administration has been staffed, it will set up the entire government to get moving on its policy agenda, including repealing and replacing Obamacare.

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