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Congress / SENATE LEADERSHIP

Reid, McConnell Announce Deal on Judges

The accord avoids showdown over cloture

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March 14, 2012

Senate leaders have reached an agreement on judicial nominations, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Wednesday.

The deal will avert cloture votes Reid was threatening to force on 17 district court nominations, McConnell said. The leaders did not announce details, saying they were briefing their members first, but McConnell said Reid had agreed to move first to  legislation to help small businesses to raise capital. The agreement will allow the Senate “to handle judicial nominations and move forward,” McConnell said.

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