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Senate confirms first Obama's ‘post-nuclear’ nominee in 56-38 vote
The Hill ^ | 12/10/2013

Posted on 12/10/2013 8:57:39 AM PST by markomalley

The Senate voted 56-38 Tuesday to confirm Patricia Millett to the D.C. Circuit Court, making her the first nominee of President Obama’s to clear the Senate since Democrats unilaterally changed the rules in a vote last month. Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) voted with Democrats.

The rule change means only 51 votes are needed to end a filibuster on nominations below the level of the Supreme Court.

The move outraged Republicans, who said Democrats had severely undermined minority rights in the upper chamber. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) triggered the “nuclear option” to make the change. It allows the Senate’s rules to be changed by a majority vote. “This was a pure power grab, plain and simple,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said ahead of the vote Tuesday. “If the majority party can’t be expected to follow the rules, then there are no rules.”

Republicans have warned that in response, they would seek to use other rules to slow the Senate’s procedure to a crawl.

"I’m pleased that in a bipartisan vote, the Senate has confirmed Patricia Millett to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, filling a vacancy that has been open since 2005," President Obama said in a statement. "Ms. Millett is a leading appellate lawyer who has made 32 arguments before the Supreme Court, the second-most by a female advocate. She has served in the Department of Justice for both Democratic and Republican Presidents. I’m confident she will serve with distinction on the federal bench."

A second nominee is expected to be approved when the Senate considers Rep. Mel Watt’s (D-N.C.) nomination to the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

The Senate is expected to vote to end debate on Watt’s nomination later Tuesday. After up to eight hours of debate, the Senate will proceed to his confirmation vote.

The D.C. Circuit is often considered the second most powerful bench in the country because it has jurisdiction over most federal agencies.

The nominations of Millett and two other judges to the court set off the fight between Senate Republicans and Democrats.

Republicans warned that Democrats would regret the “irrevocable” change once they are in the minority.

“Washington Democrats changed our democracy irrevocable,” McConnell said. “And to what end, to pack the courts.”


TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: 113th; 51torepealobamacare; bipartisan; courtpacking; murkowski
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1 posted on 12/10/2013 8:57:39 AM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Alaska had better do something about that shrew of a progressive pos demon.


2 posted on 12/10/2013 8:58:44 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: markomalley

Let the court packing begin.


3 posted on 12/10/2013 8:59:00 AM PST by AU72
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To: markomalley

Millit is the judge who has said despicable, diabolical things about unborn children. It’s a sad day when this woman is on such a high court, when she should be in hell.


4 posted on 12/10/2013 9:00:24 AM PST by Viennacon
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To: markomalley

McConnell can’t control his caucus can he?


5 posted on 12/10/2013 9:00:36 AM PST by Sybeck1
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To: markomalley

So much for GOP Senators being outraged about Reids power grab.


6 posted on 12/10/2013 9:00:42 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: markomalley

Now taking odds on whether Republicans restore minority rights when (if) they get control back. I bet the New York Times could talk them into it.


7 posted on 12/10/2013 9:00:53 AM PST by Defiant (Obama is The Bard of Canard.)
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To: markomalley
The move outraged Republicans

How can we tell?

8 posted on 12/10/2013 9:00:59 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Viennacon
People like Mel Watt created the housing bubble and subsequent meltdown.
9 posted on 12/10/2013 9:01:53 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: Izzy Dunne

They stopped all democrat double dating for one week.


10 posted on 12/10/2013 9:03:12 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: markomalley

Once again McConnell stomps his feet, pounds the table, and then votes with the Democrats...

Pfft...


11 posted on 12/10/2013 9:05:38 AM PST by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: markomalley

Wheres Mccain on this issue? I seem to recall he formed a team to counter GOP attempt to use the nuclear option.


12 posted on 12/10/2013 9:06:48 AM PST by 4rcane
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To: markomalley
Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) voted with Democrats

This, in Obama's eyes, equals "bipartisanship."

What a lying liar.

Oh, and thanks for nothing, Murkowski.
13 posted on 12/10/2013 9:07:51 AM PST by FatherFig1o155 ("Most bad government results from too much government." -- Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Izzy Dunne
How can we tell?

The strongly worded note was twice as long.

14 posted on 12/10/2013 9:08:21 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: Obadiah

Well now that that is out of the way, should only take 51 to repeal Obama-care in 2014


15 posted on 12/10/2013 9:09:15 AM PST by Swingj
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To: markomalley

What will happen is that the DC circuit, like the 9th, will begin to have most of its opinions overturned.


16 posted on 12/10/2013 9:10:02 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: markomalley
Have the Republicans done any of the things they threatened, like slowwalking ever nomination and piece of legislation? Like refusing unanimous consent and requiring a vote on every action of the Senate? Have they actually done anything? Or did they merely feign outrage like a pro wrestler after being hit by a folding chair, but then go back to a shared locker room with the offender and laugh about the rubes they fooled today?
17 posted on 12/10/2013 9:12:09 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Everyone get online for Obamacare on 10/1. Overload the system and crash it hard!)
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To: LibLieSlayer
Alaska had better do something about that shrew of a progressive pos demon.

You mean, the one who was NOT fairly elected (got more "votes" as a WRITE IN candidate than the conservative candidate who WAS on the ballot.)?

18 posted on 12/10/2013 9:13:39 AM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: fwdude

Yeah that one... THEY are the ONLY people that can do something about her and they had better step up and git’er dun!


19 posted on 12/10/2013 9:15:56 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: markomalley
"Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) voted with Democrats."

Thank you Alaska

20 posted on 12/10/2013 9:23:39 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it. Period.)
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To: KarlInOhio

Exactly the question to be asked, researched and disseminated. What — exactly — are Republicans doing in response? More feigned outrage? More playing to the galleries? More posing for holy pictures, or are they honestly doing something?

I have my strong suspicions.


21 posted on 12/10/2013 9:24:15 AM PST by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: markomalley

Mel Watt ???
Didn’t he get ousted from the House for pedophilia?


22 posted on 12/10/2013 9:25:57 AM PST by rhinohunter (Freepers aren't booing -- they're shouting "Cruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuz")
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To: markomalley

Obama is for nuclear disarmament except in Iran and the US Senate.


23 posted on 12/10/2013 9:26:55 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: rhinohunter

Yeah, isn’t he the Chicago pol that was imprisoned?


24 posted on 12/10/2013 9:28:41 AM PST by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: markomalley

If they control the courts then they control everything. The name of the game is infiltration.


25 posted on 12/10/2013 9:29:02 AM PST by Revel
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To: Mr. K
Thank you Alaska

And thank you, Karl Rove.

26 posted on 12/10/2013 9:29:10 AM PST by tacticalogic
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To: LibLieSlayer

They can do as much about the illegitimate RINO as they can do about election fraud.


27 posted on 12/10/2013 9:29:30 AM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: markomalley

She has served in the Department of Justice for both Democratic and Republican Presidents.

Must mean Bushes as well as Clintoon and Obama. Hardly a kind of approval. The Bushes were hardly paragons of Constitutionality.


28 posted on 12/10/2013 9:33:10 AM PST by ZULU (Impeach that Bastard Barrack Hussein Obama the Doctor Mengele of Medical Care)
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To: markomalley

Thanks
Alaska..

Smurfkowski voted with the Dms.


29 posted on 12/10/2013 9:33:18 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: LibLieSlayer

This makes my blood boil!


30 posted on 12/10/2013 9:33:29 AM PST by yellowdoghunter (Welcome to Obamastan!)
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To: AU72

Even FDR could not pack the court!!!


31 posted on 12/10/2013 9:33:32 AM PST by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Republicans should boycott all of these confirmation votes. The Senate repubs, like the House, have been deemed irrelevant.


32 posted on 12/10/2013 9:35:49 AM PST by lakecumberlandvet (Appeasement never works.)
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To: Izzy Dunne
The move outraged Republicans. How can we tell?

It was quite the Republican protest. During the vote, one shook his head, another coughed quite loudly and another tried to disrupt the vote by tapping his pen on a table quite loudly. There is an as yet unconfirmed report that one made a 'tsk tsk' sound that a few people could even hear.
33 posted on 12/10/2013 9:37:24 AM PST by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: fwdude

I would like to think that maybe enough people will be motivated to actually vote in numbers large enough to overcome fraud and evil.


34 posted on 12/10/2013 9:37:32 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: yellowdoghunter

Mine too!


35 posted on 12/10/2013 9:37:49 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: lakecumberlandvet

They should walk out and deny a quorum.


36 posted on 12/10/2013 9:38:15 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: markomalley

The destruction of individual liberty continues. Protection of the minority? Not under the Democratic party, the party of slavery, segregation, the welfare state and infanticide.


37 posted on 12/10/2013 9:41:54 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: markomalley
The DC court is the one making the decision about the F&F Executive Order I believe.

That decision had been due to come down soon. My suspicion is that Obama wanted to pack the court in order to change the outcome.

38 posted on 12/10/2013 9:42:06 AM PST by what's up
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To: tacticalogic; Mr. K
Thank you Alaska

And thank you, Karl Rove.

And don't forget the Chairman of the NRSC at the time - John Cornyn. He's the one who decided to torpedo the Republican nominee and support the renegade "independent".
39 posted on 12/10/2013 9:43:34 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: Sybeck1
McConnell can’t control his caucus can he?

Nah, McConnell retreats into his shell whenever the going gets rough.

"Hey, Mitch! Boo!"


40 posted on 12/10/2013 9:45:16 AM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Let’s hope so.


41 posted on 12/10/2013 9:47:15 AM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: markomalley

The Dictator changes the rules of the dictatorship to make the surfs think they actually still have a voice. NOT! The sheeple continue to roll over for free stuff and give the Dictator of Sodom on the Potomac all he wants to rule.


42 posted on 12/10/2013 9:47:31 AM PST by RetiredArmy (I am proud to be a Christian and follower of my Lord Jesus Christ. Time is short for U to know Him!)
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To: COBOL2Java
Harry Reid puts Mitch McConnell in his place.


43 posted on 12/10/2013 9:47:33 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: markomalley

44 posted on 12/10/2013 10:02:28 AM PST by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: markomalley

“Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) voted with Democrats”

Thank You GOPe. Go Ted Cruz.


45 posted on 12/10/2013 10:05:56 AM PST by Parley Baer
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To: markomalley

You can be sure that in the (unlikely) event that control of the Senate changes hands, the Democrats will demand that the rule be changed back so they can block conservative appointments.
And the GOP-establishment will fold like a card table. This is a question that should be put to Tea Party candidates: will you give as good as you get?


46 posted on 12/10/2013 10:05:58 AM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: markomalley
Patricia Millett’s Strained Relationship with Truth
47 posted on 12/10/2013 10:38:13 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Defiant

Of course they will. A gang of Rino’s will come along and before the week is up, they’ll change the rules back.


48 posted on 12/10/2013 10:38:27 AM PST by esoxmagnum (Turtles don't win fights, they just turtle up. Victory belongs to the aggressor, not the turtle.)
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To: markomalley
There are 45 Republican Senators (counting MurKOWski who isn't one having been defeated in the gop primary). Subtract murKOWski and the stealth liberal dem Collins from ME, who each voted to confirm the abortion-loving liar jurist Millett, and that leaves you with 43, NOT 38!

Who were the GOPers voting "Present"?!

49 posted on 12/10/2013 10:54:48 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: tumblindice

It is why there needs to be a review of these behaviors and punishment of them.


50 posted on 12/10/2013 11:02:37 AM PST by lavaroise
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