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November 22nd, 2013
05:44 AM ET

Democrats Vote to Eliminate Filibuster for Most Nominees

Senate Democrats dropped the filibuster bomb Thursday, and now the question is what kind of fallout will result from the so-called nuclear option.

By a 52-48 vote, the Senate ended the ability of minority Republicans to continue using filibusters to block some of President Barack Obama's judicial and executive nominations, despite the vehement objections of Republicans.

Majority Democrats then quickly acted on the change by ending a filibuster against one of Obama's nominees for a federal appeals court.

“The historic rules change strips Republicans of their power to block the president's executive and judicial nominees, except the Supreme Court.

“Instead of 60 votes to break a filibuster, it’s now  51 votes – a simple majority,” CNN’s Dana Bash reports.

Obama later cited what he called "an unprecedented patter of obstruction in Congress" during his presidency for the move led by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

"A deliberate and determined effort to obstruct everything, no matter what the merits, just to refight the results of an election is not normal," Obama said of the change. "And for the sake of future generations, it cannot become normal."

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