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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.


1JoeFromHubbard(1029 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

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

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2LtMacGowan(642 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

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

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3kk80586(227 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks 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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4JoeFromHubbard(1029 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks 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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576Ytown(1233 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks 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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