McConnell Invokes ‘Nuclear Option’ to Clear Way for Lower-Level Trump Nominees

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Senate Republicans on Wednesday used a controversial procedural tactic called the “nuclear option” to change chamber's rules to make it easier to confirm lower-level Trump nominees, NBC News reported

The effort, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, comes after Republicans failed to adopt a resolution to change the chamber's rules so that non-Cabinet level executive and district court nominations would face only two hours of floor debate rather than 30 before a confirmation vote.

That resolution received only 51 of the 60 votes required for adoption, along party lines.

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