Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), John Warner (R-VA), Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Mark Pryor (D-AR), left to right, attend a press conference on Capitol Hill after an agreement on the judicial confirmation fight was reached.
A bipartisan deal averts a Senate showdown over judicial nominees that had been expected Tuesday. The agreement was reached by seven senators from each party but does not have the support of either party's leaders.
Republicans won the right for up-or-down votes on three appeals court nominees; Democrats won assurances that the Senate won't bar the use of judicial filibusters.