By Ramsey Cox
The Senate voted 97-0 Thursday to confirm Michael Connor to be deputy secretary of the Interior.
Connor will serve under Secretary Sally Jewell.
This was a rare occasion where Republicans didn’t force a cloture vote before Connor’s final confirmation.
GOP senators have been protesting Democrats’ use of the “nuclear option” to unilaterally change Senate filibuster rules last year.
Before the rule change Democrats needed some Republican support to advance a nominee with 60 votes, but now only a simple majority is needed. Republicans argue that the rule change harms the Senate as an institution by limiting minority party rights.