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  •  Don't forget about confirmation hearings, though (3+ / 0-)
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    Pd, wsexson, wilderness voice

    The Senate is exclusively in charge of all confirmations of Presidential appointees, I believe--including judicial, yes?

    That means the 100+ appointee logjam should theoretically be cleared up in no time.

    It also means (if I have this straight) that any additional SCOTUS appointees or other federal judges should be able to be confirmed without any GOP interference for the next 2 years.

    •  Timing is off (0+ / 0-)

      Valid point, but the timing of filibuster reform is off, and I believe that the GOP would only accede to it anticipating that it would redound to the Democrats' disadvantage.

      •  The minority party does not need to acceed.. (1+ / 0-)
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        wilderness voice

        ... to rules changes proposed at the very beginning of the session.  All it takes is a majority, which the Dems have.  

        I think Filibuster reform is a great idea, even though the House will be in Republican hands. Very little controversial legislation will make it through because of the split Congress. However, a majority-rules Senate under Democratic control will be able to confirm nominations.  So these next two years will be all about nominations.

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