Senate Rewrites Filibuster Rules to Move Judicial Nominees

The Democratic-controlled Senate today voted 52-48 to eliminate the use of the filibuster against most presidential nominees, the New York Times reports. Democrat leaders moved forward with this option over frustration that Republicans were blocking President Barack Obama's nominees. The most recent incident, according to Business Week, was the filibuster earlier this week that blocked a third nominee to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The new rule will apply only to executive and lower court judicial nominees. Consideration of Supreme Court nominees will still require a 60-vote threshold to break a filibuster.