Report: Cloture votes delayed by deal

John O'Brien Mar. 14, 2012, 1:46pm


WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have reportedly reached an agreement that will delay cloture votes on 17 judicial nominations.

According to a report on Politico, Reid, D-Nev., and McConnell, R-Ky., announced their agreement on the Senate floor Wednesday but won't provide any details until their respective caucuses are briefed.

"(McConnell) will explain to his caucus. I will explain to mine, but it's something I feel is in keeping with what we need to do here," said Reid, according to Politico. "It was something that like all matters we do here legislatively (was) an effort to work out a compromise."

Reid filed for cloture on the 17 nominations on Monday.

Some GOP senators are still fuming over the president's decision in January to make a controversial recess appointment of former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to the post of director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The CFPB was created by the Dodd-Frank regulatory overhaul and is tasked with regulating consumer financial products.

Democrats, including Obama, argued Republicans were "stonewalling" Cordray's nomination.

So, Obama went ahead and appointed Cordray. In turn, some Republican senators have threatened to hold up Obama's nominations.

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