December 10, 2013

Hirono Welcomes Millett Confirmation to D.C. Circuit Court

The U.S. Senate voted 56-38 today to confirm Patricia Millett to the D.C. Circuit Court, “making her the first nominee of President Obama’s to clear the Senate since Democrats unilaterally changed the rules in a vote last month,” according to this report in The Hill.

The rule change — the so-called “nuclear option” — means only 51 votes are needed to end a filibuster on nominations below the level of the Supreme Court. Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) voted with Democrats.

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii tweeted out her view: Proud to see Patricia Millett finally confirmed. Qualified women deserve better than obstruction

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Source: Honolulu Civil Beat