In the shadow of a dramatic showdown over the filibuster of White House nominations, the Senate voted to advance the nomination of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
The vote means the nomination overcame the 60-vote threshold needed to break a filibuster and bring the nomination up for a yes-or-no vote before Senate.
The vote is significant, however, because it cools tensions between Republicans and Democrats. As Mark reported, before a rare closed-door session yesterday in which all 100 senators were invited, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) threatened to use the “nuclear option” to advance President Obama’s nominations. That means Reid would change “the chamber’s rules to make it much harder for the minority party to filibuster.”
The Washington Post reports that today’s vote served as a test for the chamber’s willingness “to change the … rules governing presidential appointees.”
The paper says the body has a reached a “tentative deal” that avoids a constitutional showdown.