Bench Memos

Re: Today’s Cloture Vote on Pillard Nomination

The cloture motion on nomination of Cornelia Pillard to a D.C. Circuit vacancy failed. The final vote, if I heard correctly, was 56 in favor (four short of the 60 needed), 41 against, and one voting present (the functional equivalent of a no vote).

Majority leader Reid ended up changing his yes vote to no for procedural purposes (to preserve his right to bring the matter up again by motion for reconsideration), so Democrats really were three short of the threshold of 60.

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