WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are demonstrating their new ability to thwart Republican filibusters with a vote that would make judges appointed by Democratic presidents a majority on the nation's second most powerful court.
Republicans are responding to changes in Senate procedures by slowing down dozens of mostly low-level nominations.
The Senate scheduled a vote Tuesday on confirming Washington lawyer Patricia Millett to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The court is the one most likely to hear appeals on White House actions and the legality of federal agency regulations.
The vote is the first since Democrats used their 55-45 majority two weeks ago to do away with the supermajority 60-vote threshold for defeating filibusters against presidential nominations, except for Supreme Court nominees.