Senate Dems Curb Filibusters, Ease Way For Obama Nominees

Law360, Los Angeles (November 21, 2013, 2:35 PM EST) -- Senate Democrats voted Thursday to change Senate filibuster rules to ensure presidential nominees get up-or-down votes subject to a majority threshold, reducing the 60-vote approval requirement of executive nominees to 51 votes in spite of Republican opposition.

The change comes just days after Senate Republicans blocked a vote on the confirmation of U.S. District Judge Robert L. Wilkins, a former Venable LLP partner, to the D.C. Circuit — marking the third such nomination to be blocked in as many weeks.

The vote to make it easier to approve President Barack Obama's nominees, which was pushed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid,...

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