LA TIMES reports that Senate Democrats voted to eliminate the use of the filibuster as a tool to block presidential appointments, upending a decades-old precedent that gave the minority party unique leverage on nominations.
After threatening to change the rules several times this year, the Democratic majority pulled the trigger on the so-called nuclear option after a series of procedural maneuvers that played out before a packed chamber.
It would allow a president’s nominees, except for seats on the Supreme Court, to be confirmed by a simple majority, rather than the 60-vote threshold that had become the norm.
Fifty-two senators voted in favor of the changes, with 48 voting in opposition.
PRESIDENT OBAMA AGREED WITH THE MOVE...