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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., argued a rules change was needed because Democrats were holding up President Trump's judicial and agency nominees. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., leaves a closed-door policy meeting at the Capitol on Dec. 2. McConnell says he wants to make the Senate work the way it used to, but not all Republicans are on board. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Their Senate, Their Rules: GOP May Allow Blocking Of Nominees Again

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Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer, Harry Reid and Richard Durbin (from left) speak after Senate Democrats voted to take the bite out of the filibuster. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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