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Reid, McConnell clash harshly over nominations

July 11, 2013 • National News


In this image from Senate Television, Majority Leader Harry Reid speaks on the Senate floor Thursday morning, July 11, 2013, in Washington. Triggering an unusually personal clash, Democrats threatened to change Senate rules unilaterally if Republicans block yes-or-no votes on several of President Barack Obama’s top-level nominees, including some long in confirmation limbo. Reid set the day’s events in motion with a searing speech accusing Republicans of trying to deny Obama the right to have his team in place. From the Senate floor he accused the Republican leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell, of failing to live up to his commitments to allow votes on all but the most extraordinary circumstances. Moments later, McConnell said Reid was misquoting him and at the same time failing to honor his own word not to change the rules of the Senate unilaterally. (AP Photo/Senate TV)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Triggering an unusually personal clash, Democrats threatened Thursday to change Senate rules unilaterally if Republicans block yes-or-no votes on several of President Barack Obama’s top-level nominees, including some long in confirmation limbo.

A series of showdown votes was set for next week on seven appointees. But in classic Senate fashion, as the rhetoric grew more intense, the two Login to read more

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