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Senate Rewrites Rules To Speed Confirmations For Some Trump Nominees

Senate Majority Leader McConnell says the shorter debate time sets up a more reasonable process for considering nominees, but Democrats say it erodes the chamber's role to "advise and consent."

The Senate voted largely along party lines to change its debate rules — a move that will speed up the confirmation process for some lower-level judicial and agency nominees.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell used a complex procedural maneuver, known as the nuclear option, to cut debate for lower-level nominees from 30 hours to 2 hours. The change does not apply to

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