(Washington, DC) -- President Obama is applauding a change in Senate rules aimed at curbing Republican filibusters of his nominees.
In a statement at the White House, Obama said there has been an "unprecedented pattern of obstruction" in Congress during his tenure. Senate Democrats successfully maneuvered to change Senate rules, invoking a so-called "nuclear option." The rule change alters the procedural threshold for presidential nominees from 60 votes to a simple majority in the 100 member Senate. It does not include Supreme Court nominations.