The Senate reconvened at 9:30 AM today and began consideration of the nomination of Alan Estevez to be Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense.

At 10:30, the Senate voted 91-8 to invoke cloture on the Estevez nomination. At noon, the Senate confirmed the Estevez nomination by voice vote and then voted 81-18 to invoke cloture on the nomination of Katherine Archuleta to be the director of the Office of Personnel Management. The Senate is now considering the Archuleta nomination and more votes are possible today.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has filed cloture (moved to cut off debate) on other controversial nominations, including Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC) to be director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency and Patricia Millett to be a judge on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.

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