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End of filibuster begins to bear fruit

Posted By Rob Schofield On December 10, 2013 @ 11:03 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has its newest justice. Patricia Millett was confirmed by the Senate this morning [1] on a bipartisan vote of 56-38. The vote was made possible as a result of the Senate’s long-overdue decision to alter its rules so that Senators can no longer filibuster judicial nominees (except to the Supreme Court) and other presidential nominees to lead various agencies.

The rule change should lead to a similar vote — perhaps as early as later today — on the long-stalled nomination of Congressman Mel Watt [2] to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

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[1] was confirmed by the Senate this morning: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/12/patricia-millett-dc-circuit-court-of-appeals-100944.html

[2] the long-stalled nomination of Congressman Mel Watt: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/12/09/4533302/rep-watt-expected-to-overcome.html#emlnl=Todays_Headlines

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