Senate confirms Obama nominee to U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia

The U.S. Senate voted on Tuesday to confirm Patricia Ann Millett to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Millett will fill one of the three vacancies on the Court, widely considered the most influential court in the nation behind the U.S. Supreme Court.The Senate voted 56-38 to approve Millett’s nomination. Millett is the first nominee to be confirmed by the Senate since the body banned filibusters against executive branch nominees — with the exception of Supreme Court nominees — in November.

Millett’s confirmation had previously been blocked by Senate Republicans, before Democrats pushed through the filibuster rule change.

Sens. Susan Collins (R–Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R–Alaska) were the only Republicans to vote to confirm Millett.

Senate Democrats intend to fill the Court’s two other vacancies, according to The New York Times.