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Senate Debates Major 'Nuclear Option' Rule Change


UPDATE: The Senate voted Thursday afternoon to invoke the so-called "nuclear option." You can read all about it here.


The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to strike down long-standing filibuster rules for most presidential nominations.

The vote alters nearly 225 years of Senate precedent, The Washington Post notes.

"The so-called 'nuclear option' (allows) for swift confirmation of executive branch nominees and most selections for the federal judiciary without having to clear a 60-vote hurdle," the Post notes.

You can watch the breakdown of the vote here:


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This post has been updated.


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