The Senate is preparing to vote to end debate on a batch of Obama administration nominees.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the Republican-led chamber is considering a cloture motion that would force Democrats to take the vote on the nominations.
But the Republican senators are also looking to end the debate over President Barack Obama’s nominees before the Nov. 4 elections.
The Republican leaders are hoping to pass a bill by the end of the week that would block Obama’s nominations for the State Department, the Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency.
McConnell also said the Senate will consider blocking President-elect Donald Trump’s nominees to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Consumer Technology Agency, saying he wants to “make sure that those nominees are not going to be confirmed.”
The move would block Trump’s nominee to head the Labor Department, a position previously held by former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, and would force Senate Democrats to go to the floor to filibuster his confirmation.
A Democratic senator, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, told reporters that she would oppose any measure that would end the filibuster.