Reid: Senate will re-vote on Watt and Millett ‘very’ soon

October 31, 2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Thursday that the Senate will reconsider the nominations of Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.) and Patricia Millett "in the very near future," making the pledge just hours after Republicans blocked both of them.

Reid also offered a not-so-veiled threat to change the Senate's filibuster rules if the GOP doesn't allow their confirmations.

The Senate GOP filibustered Watt's nomination to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency and Millett's nomination for the U.S. Appeals Court in the Washington, D.C., Circuit. And several other nominations are expected to be considered in the coming days.

Reid said he will try again on Watt and Millett, accusing Republicans of unprecedented obstruction.

"I will exercise my right as majority leader to reconsider these nominations at some point in the very near future," Reid said. "I hope my Republican colleagues will reconsider their continued run of unprecedented obstructionism. Something has to change, and I hope we can make the changes necessary through cooperation.”

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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Aaron Blake · October 31, 2013