Senate Democrats Pass Change to Filibuster Rules

Thursday morning, the Senate voted to strike down long-standing filibuster rules for most presidential nominations, changing 225 years of precedent with a party-line vote.

Democrats rallied around the vote as a reaction to Republican “obstructionism” in regards to President Obama‘s nominees. GOP members recently blocked an Obama judicial nominee through controversial filibuster. New rules will reportedly allow for confirmation of executive nominees and most federal judiciary nominees without having to clear the previously-established 60-vote goalpost.

The party-line maneuver to pass this measure, however, will be seen as highly controversial. Rather than the usual two-thirds majority requirement for changing the Senate’s standing rules, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pulled out a simple-majority vote, unilaterally altering the rules.

Watch the report from CNN below:

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