Filibuster Reform Could Cure Key Vacancies

Law360, New York (November 22, 2013, 7:53 PM EST) -- The Obama administration has struggled to staff agencies like the Department of Homeland Security and appoint qualified inspectors general, but the recent declawing of filibusters for presidential nominees will help fill vacant posts and add needed oversight for federal spending, watchdogs say.

The Senate voted 52-48 to require up-or-down votes for presidential nominees, with the exception of Supreme Court justices, after Senate Democrats grew frustrated with repeated filibusters of judges and other executive branch appointments by the Republican Senate minority.

The vote will make it easier...
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