Skip to comments.Senate confirms first Obama's ‘post-nuclear’ nominee in 56-38 vote
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 Obamas 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 Senates 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 cant 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 Senates procedure to a crawl.
"Im 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. Im confident she will serve with distinction on the federal bench."
A second nominee is expected to be approved when the Senate considers Rep. Mel Watts (D-N.C.) nomination to the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
The Senate is expected to vote to end debate on Watts 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.
Alaska had better do something about that shrew of a progressive pos demon.
Let the court packing begin.
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.
McConnell can’t control his caucus can he?
So much for GOP Senators being outraged about Reids power grab.
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.
How can we tell?
They stopped all democrat double dating for one week.
Once again McConnell stomps his feet, pounds the table, and then votes with the Democrats...
Wheres Mccain on this issue? I seem to recall he formed a team to counter GOP attempt to use the nuclear option.
The strongly worded note was twice as long.
Well now that that is out of the way, should only take 51 to repeal Obama-care in 2014
What will happen is that the DC circuit, like the 9th, will begin to have most of its opinions overturned.
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.)?
Yeah that one... THEY are the ONLY people that can do something about her and they had better step up and git’er dun!
Thank you Alaska