Democrats vote to curb filibusters on appointees


Democrats vote to curb filibusters on appointees

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sweeping aside a century of precedent, Democrats took a chunk out of the Senate’s hallowed filibuster tradition today and cleared the way for speedy confirmation of controversial appointments made by President Barack Obama and chief executives in the future. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who orchestrated the change, called the 52-48 vote a blow against gridlock. Republicans warned Democrats will eventually regret their actions once political fortunes are reversed and they can no longer block appointments made by a GOP president.

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