The Senate on Wednesday voted to shorten debate time on lower-level executive branch nominees, changing the chamber’s rules by a simple majority vote through a procedural tactic known as the “nuclear option.” The move lowers the debate time to just two hours from 30.
The Senate is expected later Wednesday to make a similar rule change for district court nominations.
The votes will make it easier for Republicans to confirm President Donald Trump’s lower-level nominees, and mirror what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did to eliminate the 60-vote threshold for Supreme Court justices to confirm Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
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