Senate GOP Blocks Akin Gump Atty's DC Circ. Nomination
By Kurt Orzeck
Law360, Los Angeles (October 31, 2013, 4:20 PM ET) -- U.S. Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked the confirmation of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP partner Patricia Millett for the D.C. Circuit, as well as a Federal Housing Finance Agency nominee, spurring some Democrats to suggest the chamber's filibuster rules should be changed.
Senators voted 55 to 38 to end cloture on Millett's confirmation and 56 to 42 to close debate on the confirmation of Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C, for the FHFA. Neither vote met the two-thirds threshold required to stop the GOP filibuster on...