WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are ready to propel another one of President Barack Obama's court picks through the Senate, now that outnumbered Republicans have less power to block the president's nominees than they used to.
The Senate planned Wednesday to consider Obama's choice of Cornelia "Nina" Pillard to join the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
Her nomination was freed for a vote after Democrats forced a change last month in filibusters, making it harder for the Senate minority party to use the procedural delays to sink most nominees.
Thanks to those changes, the Senate approved two of Obama's top selections Tuesday. Patricia Millett was confirmed for another vacancy on the D.C. Circuit, and Rep. Mel Watt was confirmed to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency.