Senate Votes To Curb GOP Filibuster Powers

President Barack Obama will make a statement about the Senate's move to make it harder for Republicans to block his nominees.

The White House says Obama will address the issue at 1:55 p.m. EST from the briefing room at the White House. It's the first public comment from the White House on the action.

In a victory for Democrats, the Senate voted 52-48 on Thursday to weaken the power of the filibuster, in this case making it harder for minority Republicans to block confirmation of the president's nominees for judges and other top posts.

The vote came after a series of procedural moves and angry accusations from both parties' leaders. It also cleared the way for Senate approval of three Obama picks for a top federal court.

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