All-nighters could continue for days. Democratic leaders said they were prepared to stay in session virtually around the clock through Saturday night to confirm a list of 10 nominees to a variety of senior posts. They range from lesser-known appointments — such as Patricia Wald to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board — to critical positions — such as Jeh Johnson to be homeland security secretary.
According to Senate rules, a certain number of hours of debate can still be demanded by any senator once a filibuster is broken. Known as “post-cloture debate time” in Senate parlance, up to eight hours of debate time is allowed for nine of the 10 nominees on Majority Leader Harry Reid’s list. For Johnson, the homeland security nominee, debate can last for 30 hours.