Senators Make Deal To Avert "Nuclear Option"

The usual horse-trading


Senators have reached a tentative deal to avert the "nuclear option" on filibuster rules.

Under the proposal, which the White House has not yet agreed to, President Barack Obama would pull two nominees to the National Labor Relations Board — Sharon Block and Richard Griffin — and replace them with two nominees who could receive Senate votes quickly

Votes on the other five nominees would be allowed to go forward – including Cabinet nominations such as Gina McCarthy as EPA administrator and Thomas Perez as Labor secretary.