GOP Senator Ending Protest of Obama Appointments

Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) will stop voting “No” on all judicial nominees, a spokesman said, ending a protest  that started in January when President Barack Obama made four controversial recess appointments, the National Law Journal reports. Although Lee was vocal in his opposition to the recess appointments, which he says were unprecedented and happened when the Senate was in session, he now states that the Republicans have adequately responded by invoking a loosely defined Senate tradition of backing off from filling circuit court seats in the waning months of a presidents term.