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Despite Vote, Judicial Nomination On Hold

The Senate has voted 89 to 5 to end a judicial filibuster, but the nomination of Judge Adalberto Jordan to the 11th Circuit federal appeals court is still stuck in limbo.

Jordan, a Cuban immigrant from Florida nominated to the federal appeals court, was reported out of the judiciary committee by unanimous vote in October. He has the support of both of his home state senators, Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Marco Rubio.

For four months, Republicans blocked a Senate floor vote on the nomination. Democrats finally filed a cloture motion to end the de facto filibuster, and all but five Republicans voted to cut off debate. But one Republican senator, angry at President Obama's recent recess appointments, has blocked a final vote, insisting that the Senate engage in 30 more hours of talk, the legal limit after cloture is invoked.

During the floor vote, Sen. Nelson expressed frustration at the tactic.

"Is it any wonder we can't get anything done around here?" he asked.

If confirmed, Jordan would move from the federal trial court in Miami to the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit.

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