Obama praises modest Senate filibuster deal that Republicans call ‘good news’

Despite Obama’s endorsement of the bipartisan deal, his statement did include a paragraph recognizing the changes only apply to debate over lower-court judges, whose decisions are routinely trumped by senior judges.

“I also want to thank leaders in Congress for changing the Senate rules in an effort to resurrect the longstanding tradition of considering consensus district court judicial nominations on a more routine basis.”

And his statement also included a sentence showing the modest changes do not apply to more senior judges.

“Today’s reforms are a positive step towards a fairer and more efficient system of considering district court nominees, and I urge the Senate to treat all of my judicial nominees in the same spirit.”

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