Senate To Hold Cloture Vote On Robert Wilkins To D.C. Circuit

AP

The Senate is expected to hold a procedural vote late Monday afternoon on the nomination of Robert Wilkins to the powerful D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

He needs 60 votes to move forward. Republicans have used the filibuster to block votes on President Barack Obama’s first two nominees to the important court and are expected to deny Wilkins an up-or-down vote also.

Democrats have threatened to change the rules and scrap the filibuster for judges if the GOP sustains its blockade, but Republicans say they don’t take their threats seriously.

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