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Senate Republicans Block Bacharach Nomination (Jul 30, 2012)

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans have blocked confirmation of a U.S. appeals court nominee from Oklahoma, despite his bipartisan support.

Robert Bacharach's nomination was filibustered because of an unwritten rule that allows a party to block a judicial nominee when the party believes the White House will change hands.

Bacharach's home state Republican senators, Tom Coburn and James Inhofe, said the nominee was well qualified but went along with the tactic. They voted present Monday.

The Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Patrick Leahy, said this was the first time the Senate had refused to allow a vote on a judicial nominee who had broad bipartisan support.

The Senate vote was 56-34 on a motion to allow the confirmation to proceed. Sixty votes were needed.

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