CURATED BY Sarah Kliff
2014-04-10 23:49:42 -0400
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A lot less tough than it would have been five months ago or than it will be eight months from today.
The reason that it's much easier than it would have been back in 2013 is that Harry Reid and the Senate Democratic caucus changed the rules regarding filibusters in early 2014, making it possible for 50 Senators (with the Vice President casting a tie-breaking vote) to confirm a nominee. Previously it would have required 60 Senators, meaning several Republicans would have had to be persuaded to vote for Burwell.
The reason that it's much easier than it will be eight months from now is that Democrats stand a good chance of losing their Senate majority in the 2014 midterms.
But right now, all the White House needs to put Burwell in office is for Senate Democrats to vote for her. Republicans will likely try their best to make political hay out of the confirmation process, but they can't stop Democrats from confirming her.
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