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Dems vote to curb filibusters on appointees

Published: Thu, November 21, 2013 @ 3:17 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats eased the way for swift approval of President Barack Obama's current and future nominees on today, voting unilaterally to overturn decades of Senate precedent and undermine Republicans' ability to block final votes.

The 52-48 vote to undercut venerable filibuster rules on presidential appointees capped more than a decade of struggle in which presidents of both parties complained about delays in confirming appointees, particularly to the federal courts.

At the White House, Obama applauded the vote. He said Republicans had used delaying tactics "as a reckless and relentless tool to grind all business to a halt."

"And that's not what our founders intended. And it's certainly not what our country needs right now," the president said.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who launched the effort, accused Republicans of "unbelievable, unprecedented obstruction" of Obama's selections to fill court vacancies and other offices.


1redeye1(5678 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

The filibuster has been there forever. Now this lowlife arse gets rid of it. I can't until next year after the elections and most if not all of these liberturds who voted for this are thrown out by the voting public. Then watch them cry that this unfair. We can only hope that the smart people see what the liberturds are doing. Taking over our Gov't away from the people

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2JoeFromHubbard(1817 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Just like Obama, if you don't like your rules, you can change them.

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3LtMacGowan(714 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

What would you suggest? The GOP has been blocking every one of his Court Appointments.

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4kk80586(229 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

It is my understanding that the current court does not have enough workload to support the 8 judges now so since obozo is just "stacking" the jury for political reasons he deserves to have them blocked. Out of about 1200 appointees only 27 were not confirmed. What are they whining about??

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5JoeFromHubbard(1817 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

@ LtMac Gowan:

LT, the best solution would be to have a Republican majority in the Senate.

That would solve a multitude of problems.

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676Ytown(1371 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

"Thursday’s vote marked a major shift in more than 200 years of Senate precedent that required a 60-vote majority to assure a final vote on most presidential nominees.

Mid-term elections: Vote out every incumbent that followed Pelosi when she said " We have to pass the bill (healthcare) to see what's in it" Despicable!

One thing Obama didn't lie about "I'm going to fundamentally transform the United States Of America"

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