'Nuclear Option' Helps Obama Regulatory Agenda

According to The Hill, “the Obama Administration’s second-term regulatory agenda should be an easier lift, thanks to changes to the Senate’s filibuster rules that make it easier to fill key agency positions and install federal judges.”

“But Obama is unlikely to suddenly start making contentious nominations, said Maryland law professor Rena Steinzor, who serves as president of Center for Progressive Reform.”

“Rather, … the new Senate rules would help Obama fill long vacant positions at agencies already reeling from strained resources following this year’s sequester cuts.”

Steinzor: “I don’t expect a bunch of fiery appointments.”

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