Dems, GOP Overhaul Senate Rules
Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate have reached an agreement to overhaul the chamber's procedural rules. Senators will no longer be able to stall legislation by placing anonymous secret holds or by forcing the reading of amendments in their entirety. Democratic leaders had previously vowed to eliminate the filibuster requirement of 60 votes for a measure's passage but ultimately left the method intact. The deal also reduces the number of federal positions requiring Senate confirmation by 400.