But Republicans countered with statistics of their own. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, noted that the Senate has approved 1,560 of Obama's nominees and totally blocked only four.
"It's hard to understand where this sense of outrage and urgency comes from," Cornyn said. "This is a manufactured crisis with no grounding in objective reality."
In reality, it's a crisis grounded in the GOP's various objections to the seven Obama nominations in question.
Perez has been lauded by labor and even the state Chamber of Commerce in Maryland, where he served as labor secretary. But McConnell called him "a liberal ideologue."
Meanwhile, Republicans object to Griffin and Sharon Block, another National Labor Relations Board appointee, because Obama first named them to their posts as "recess appointments" when the Senate wasn't at work. A federal appeals court has since ruled their appointment to be illegal, meaning they have no business being confirmed, McConnell said.
"The question is, do we respect the law?" the Republican leader added.
In response, Reid noted that there was a good reason for Obama to appoint Griffin and Block the way he did.
"He did recess appointments because Republicans blocked them," Reid said. "Blocked them, blocked them, blocked them."
In contrast, Pearce was already confirmed once as the head of the NLRB, and Republicans have not voiced personal objections to his reappointment.
He appears to be more in the category of Richard Courdray, the nominee to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Gina McCarthy, Obama's choice to run the EPA. Those nominees, Democrats said, found themselves stuck because Republicans don't want those agencies to function.
"They don't like what these agencies do, so they block the nominees who would lead them," Schumer said.
That being the case, it's time for a change, said Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., who has been one of the leaders of a group of senators that has been pushing for filibuster reform in recent years.
"We have seen unprecedented obstruction from the other side of the aisle," Udall said, adding that the overuse of the filibuster had led to "a tyranny of the minority" in the Senate.
The modern-day filibuster is not at all the traditional nonstop talkathon made famous in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington."
Long ago, the filibuster evolved into a rule that now requires a 60-vote majority on a motion to proceed on major nominations and legislation.
Under the change that Reid is contemplating, the 60-vote rule would no longer apply to presidential executive appointments, although it would continue to apply to judicial nominees and the bills the Senate is considering.
Nevertheless, Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., said, a filibuster rule change by the Democrats "would be a mushroom cloud over the Capitol."
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