Like it or not, the Senate has voted for the so-called "nuclear option" on confirming nominees. Filibusters have been used more and more in recent history to thwart the party in power, particularly for very powerful positions like administrators of Medicare & Medicaid, as well as D.C. Circuit Court positions (aka the second most powerful court in the land) That problem in completing the lauded "Plum Book" nominees has been noticeable over the last three administrations.
Celebrations, abound. This means that Senator Lindsey Graham (R-GA), for one, cannot hold appointees hostage in exchange for access to eye witnesses to the Benghazi attacks last year.
So, while many vacant positions will now (hopefully) be filled, the war over who will win in the long run has just begun. GOPs warn that retribution will come the next time the GOP has the chamber in its grasps...
But for now, we just have some confirmation hearings to attend. Here is a current list from the White House of how many guys and gals need to be confirmed.
And just for fun... the thoughts on the filibuster have moved all around the political compass... Here is abrief run down of quotes from those in power...
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