This is so much like kids squabbling on a playground.
— Domani Spero
CNN reports that the partisan battle over presidential nominations is heating up again and threatens to dominate the remaining days before the winter recess. The Senate Republicans, reportedly are still angry over filibuster changes Democrats made last month, and have blocked “a series of largely non-controversial nominations Democrats tried to clear.”
On December 9, 2013, Senator Harry Reid asked for unanimous consent to confirm all Executive and Judicial nominations on the Executive Calendar. Senator Lamar Alexander objected to the request.
We can’t say how long long or how intense this battle is going to be. What we know is it has already snared dozens of State Department nominees. Senator Reid filed cloture on 10 executive nominations. Under the rule, the first cloture vote will occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Wednesday, December 11th. Among the 10 nominees are Heather Anne Higginbottom, of the District of…
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