Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pulled the trigger Thursday, deploying a parliamentary procedure dubbed the "nuclear option" to change Senate rules to pass most executive and judicial nominees by a simple majority vote.
The Senate voted 52 to 48 for the move, with just three Democrats declining to go along with the rarely used maneuver.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/2 ... 16325.html
And for all those conservatives crying about checks and balances, well...
Democrats didn’t change the practices of the Senate so much as they restored the institution to its norms – for more than 200 years, judicial and administration nominees were subjected to up-or-down votes. Now, they will be again.
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show ... ear-option
It could have been prevented, but the Republican party is the biggest sack of obstructionists I've ever seen. This should have been done a long time ago.