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Continued: Democrats, Republicans approach Senate showdown over Obama nominations

  • Article by: DAVID ESPO , Associated Press
  • Last update: July 13, 2013 - 5:47 PM

The way Reid explains it, well-qualified nominees are confirmed with little or no opposition — after Republicans delay a vote for months on end. In some cases, he said, GOP senators object simply because "they refuse to accept the law of the land." He cited Cordray, named in 2011 to lead the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, and McCarthy at EPA.

He accuses McConnell of failing to live up to last winter's agreement to work on nominations "consistent with the norms and traditions of the Senate."

Since then, Reid said, Republicans had mounted the first ever filibuster against a nominee, Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense, who eventually was confirmed. John Brennan's appointment as head of the Central Intelligence Committee was also held up, and McCarthy and Perez have been blocked.

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