Nov 21 2013
The Senate confirmation process has been broken for some time. Perfectly qualified nominees are constantly being filibustered at a rate we’ve never seen before. The rule that was changed today only impacts executive branch appointees and judicial nominees other than the Supreme Court. It still requires a majority vote of the Senate for confirmation. This change does not impact other legislation at all. The minority party can continue to filibuster other legislation with a 60-vote requirement.