Senate defeats DeMint amendment on Justice nominees

The Senate on Thursday defeated an amendment offered by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) that would have maintained the confirmation process for nominees for the position of the director of Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Under the Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act, currently pending on the Senate floor, that position along with other executive nominees for minor posts would be dealt with on a committee level rather than by the Senate as a whole.

The vote was 41-57. The amendment needed 60 votes to pass.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) came to the floor following the vote and said he was working with Republicans on a deal to limit debate on the underlying legislation and that there would likely be no further roll call votes on Thursday.

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