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Snow day or no, Senate confirms first nominee since 'nuclear option' invoked

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Snow? What Snow?

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., didn’t let today's "Filiduster" stop him from taking advantage of the Senate rules change he pushed through Nov. 21, as senators voted 56-38 to confirm Patricia Ann Millett to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

She was the first of President Obama's nominees to be confirmed after Reid pulled the trigger on the "nuclear option" and got most Democrats to agree to eliminate the 60-vote minimum on most confirmations.

And the blizzard of votes continued after Millett was confirmed, with the Senate holding a procedural vote on the nomination of Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C., to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Watt’s confirmation was blocked by Republicans in October.

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