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Sen. Leahy Voted in Favor of US Senate Filibuster Rule Changes

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) voted in favor of making a change in the U.S. Senate filibuster rules Thursday. ?
WASHINGTON - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) voted in favor of making a change in the U.S. Senate filibuster rules Thursday. 


A press release says these changes will ensure the Senate's ability to confirm qualified nominees to judicial and executive posts.

"I have always believed in the Senate's unique protection of the minority party, even when Democrats held a majority in the Senate," Sen. Leahy said. "When the minority has stood in the way of progress, I have defended their rights and held to my belief that the best traditions of the Senate would win out."

The changes come after Republicans have blocked some of President Obama's judicial and executive nominees over the last couple of weeks. A press release says federal vacancies have hovered around 90.

Leahy, the President Pro Tempore and the Senate's longest serving member, presided over the series of procedural votes.
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