Senate filibuster deal passes test vote

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The Senate this morning approved the appointment of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in a vote that may signal the loosening of gridlock on Capitol Hill. The vote was the first test of a tentative agreement between Senate Democrats and Republicans to reduce the obstruction of presidential nominations. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., had threatened a draconian rule change unless the Republican minority agreed to pull back on their use of the filibuster, which stalls Senate action unless a 60-vote supermajority votes to proceed.

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