NPR Story
3:45 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Senate Democrats Pass 'Nuclear Option' To Cut Confirmation Gridlock

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 5:54 pm

Senate Democrats, furious about Republicans blocking President Obama's judicial and executive branch nominations, took a dramatic and historic step Thursday. They voted to detonate the so-called nuclear option, which will curb filibusters on most nominations, allowing them to be approved by majority vote.