WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate could keep working through the night to deal with 11 of President Barack Obama's nominees.
Most of them are non-controversial but Republicans are delaying votes and refusing to allow their colleagues to take a break in a protest over rules changes.
Democrats changed Senate rules to allow a simple majority vote on nominees. Majority Leader Harry Reid is holding the Senate in session to deal with the nominations and says if the GOP doesn't relent, he'll keep the Senate in session "though Christmas" if necessary.
There's been no sign the GOP will relent. For minority Republicans, the standoff is less about the qualifications of the slate of nominees than payback for Reid's move to limit filibusters for judicial nominees. Sen. Tom Coburn says the standoff "isn't about obstructionism" but protecting the minority's rights.