Senate Reaches Tentative Deal To Avert Filibuster Showdown (VIDEO)

Source: Ed O’Keefe / The Washington Post

Senators reached a tentative deal Tuesday on averting a constitutional showdown over confirming President Obama’s agency nominations and promptly moved ahead on one of them, clearing the way for a final vote on Obama’s choice to head the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau.

The bottom line is that President Obama will get several of his executive branch nominees confirmed, while the Senate rules will remain unchanged allowing Republicans the ability to filibuster in the future.

Addressing senators Tuesday morning, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said he planned to hold a vote on the nomination of Richard Cordray as head of the CPFB after up to eight hours of debate.

Shortly after he spoke, senators voted 71 to 29 to end a filibuster on the Cordray nomination and allow it to proceed to a vote. Seventeen Republicans joined Democrats in voting for cloture, which required 60 votes.

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