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Reid Expected To Have Votes To Lift Senate Blocks To Obama Nominees: Aide

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November 21, 2013 AT 7:28 AM
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid expects to have the votes needed to strip Republicans of their ability to block President Barack Obama's judicial and executive branch nominees, a senior Democratic aide said on Thursday. The aide said the vote could come on Thursday to change Senate rules to reduce to 51 from the current 60 the number of votes needed in the 100-members Senate to end procedural roadblocks, known as filibusters, against all of Obama's nominees - except for those he may make to the U.S. Supreme Court, the aide said. To change the Senate rule, Reid will need 51 votes in the 100-member Senate, which Obama's Democrats control, 55-45.