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...
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