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Sessions' confirmation vote set for Wednesday

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MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote Wednesday on the nomination of U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama to be the next U.S. attorney general.

Here is the timetable:

  • Following Tuesday afternoon's vote on the nomination of Betsy DeVos as education secretary, there will be a cloture vote on the Sessions nomination. Cloture is a procedure for ending a debate and taking a vote.  A 30-hour discussion period will begin at that point during which there will be debate on the Sessions nomination. 
  • Sessions' vote will likely take place Wednesday evening, when the 30-hour period expires.
  • Democrats could attempt a filibuster, but when they were in control of the Senate, they established a rule that would require only 51 votes to break a filibuster and Sessions is believed to have those votes.
  • Once he is confirmed by the Senate, Sessions will likely submit his letter of resignation from the Senate effective midnight Wednesday, to be followed by his swearing-in as U.S. attorney general Thursday morning.

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