Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) talks with reporters Nov. 21 on Capitol Hill. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) talks with reporters Nov. 21 on Capitol Hill. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) said Thursday on the Senate floor that Republicans will likely expand the new rule change made by Senate Democrats to allow for Supreme Court nominees to also be confirmed by a majority vote.

The rule change, which requires only a majority vote rather than 60 votes, for now only applies to judicial nominees beneath the Supreme Court level, as well as executive-branch nominees.

Grassley said Republicans will probably push it a step further when they regain power.

“When that happens, our side will likely nominate and confirm lower-court and Supreme Court nominees with 51 votes, regardless of whether Democrats actually buy into this fanciful notion that they demolish the filibuster on lower-court nominees and still preserve it for Supreme Court nominees," Grassley said.

The GOP hopes to reclaim the Senate in 2014. They have some fertile territory — including half a dozen red states held by Democrats. But they need to win six seats.