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DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz Statement on Senate Vote to End Nominee Obstruction

In response to the Senate’s move to reform the filibuster and allow most presidential nominations to be confirmed by a simple majority, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

“Today, in response to unprecedented Republican obstruction, the Senate made an important rule change, which will ensure that most judicial and executive branch nominees can be confirmed with a straight-forward and commonsense up-or-down vote. This change will help President Obama, and future Presidents of both parties, put their teams in place, and allow all of us to get to work for the American people.

“While today's vote is an important step forward in ending the gridlock that has unfortunately become a hallmark of today’s Republican Party, we have more work to do. The American people have made clear that they are not interested in rigid partisan obstructionism. Our constituents expect their elected officials to work together on the issues that matter to their families. I hope my Republican colleagues will join me and my fellow Democrats in prioritizing the needs of the people over blind partisanship.”