09 Dec

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans blocked immediate approval of a mountain of mostly minor nominations by President Barack Obama late Monday in the aftermath of last month’s Democratic move weakening the minority party’s traditional ability to block most presidential appointments.

The action demonstrated that the GOP was intent on exacting a price for the changes majority Democrats muscled through the Senate in filibusters, or procedural delays minority senators can use to delay or kill nominations or bills.

Since last month’s changes mean that Democrats can win approval of Obama’s picks without GOP votes, Monday’s blockage does not imperil any of the nominations.

Included in the stack of 76 nominations was that of Janet Yellen, who Obama wants to head the Federal Reserve. Her Senate confirmation is still considered a virtual certainty.

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