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Mass. U.S. Senators Defend Votes On Filibuster Rule

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Massachusetts' two U.S. senators are defending their support of a key change to the Senate's filibuster rule.

Senate Democrats pushed through the change Thursday.

Instead of requiring a 60-vote majority to end debate and allow a yes-or-no vote on presidential nominees to federal courts or cabinet departments, a simple majority can now clear the way for a final vote.

Republicans cried foul, but the state's two Democratic senators say the change was needed given GOP obstructionism.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren says the change helps ensure a government that functions better for everyone, no matter who is president.

Sen. Edward Markey says Republicans were blocking nominees even when they had no issues with their qualifications.

Former Republican Sen. Scott Brown criticized the vote, calling it "another reason for change in the Senate."

This program aired on November 24, 2013. The audio for this program is not available.

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