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Gang of 14,

a bipartisan group of senators, hammered out a last-minute compromise in May, averting the enactment of the so-called “nuclear option” by Republican senators. The change in procedures would have prohibited the minority party in Congress—in this case Democrats—from filibustering judicial nominees. In exchange, Democrats agreed to use the filibuster of judicial nominees only in “extraordinary” circumstances.


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