Senate Democrats eliminate filibusters for most presidential nominations

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Paul Kane
Washington Post
November 21, 2013

The Senate wing of the capitol was completed in 1800.  Credit: Diliff via Wikipedia

The Senate wing of the capitol was completed in 1800. Credit: Diliff via Wikipedia


The partisan battles that have paralyzed Washington in recent years took a historic turn on Thursday, when Senate Democrats eliminated filibusters for most presidential nominations, severely curtailing the political leverage of the Republican minority in the Senate and assuring an escalation of partisan warfare.

The rule change means federal judge nominees and executive-office appointments can be confirmed by a simple majority of senators, rather than the 60-vote super majority that has been required for more than two centuries.

The change does not apply to Supreme Court nominations. But the vote, mostly along party lines, reverses nearly 225 years of precedent and dramatically alters the landscape for both Democratic and Republican presidents, especially if their own political party holds a majority of, but fewer than 60, Senate seats.

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