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McCaskill: Blocking Obama's Nominees Is Another Way To Shut Down Gov't

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"There's two ways to shut down the government. One is by denying funding to the government," the Missouri Democrat said. "The other is by blocking the appointments to serve in the government for false political reasons." 

"This isn't about the workload of the D.C. Circuit Court," she continued, arguing the GOP was "ginning up specious reasons" to block President Barack Obama's nominee to an appeals court that handles major litigation coming out of the federal government. 

Senate Democrats renewed their push for filibuster reform Thursday after Watt's and Millett's nominations were stalled, but their Republican counterparts said they still didn't feel threatened by Democrats' calls for a rules change.

"If they're going to do that, then they have the opportunity to do that," Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) told TPM's Sahil Kapur. "The only problem is that the Senate will not always be controlled by Democrats. ... I think that's why it hasn't been done in the past, because both sides realize that this is something that would be used against them."