Democrats will complain that Republicans are abusing the power to delay the Senate through the filibuster. Republicans will complain that this is their right, and that Democrats shouldn't be considering changes to the filibuster rules by a simple majority, instead of a supermajority.
But despite all the drama, the fact that the parties are meeting today indicates room for negotiation and a chance that the parties will agree to avoid any permanent changes to Senate rules, at least in the short term. Any agreement allowing Tuesday votes on the nominations might be enough to cool the fight down for some time.
Nominees Democrats are hoping to vote for are Richard Cordray to be director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection; Richard Griffin, Sharon Block and Mark Pearce to the National Labor Relations Board; Fred Hochberg to be president of the Export-Import Bank; Thomas PerezThomas E. PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE to be secretary of Labor; and Gina McCarthyGina McCarthyDozens of senators push EPA for higher ethanol mandate The Hill's 12:30 Report Overnight Energy: Obama signs chemical safety reform into law MORE to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Senate will start work at 2 p.m., which may give members a chance to talk about the filibuster debate, the Trayvon Martin ruling over the weekend or other matters.
A vote on a judicial nominee is possible at 5:30 p.m.
The House is in at 10 a.m. but only for a pro forma session in which no votes are expected.