WASHINGTON -- The Senate is set to approve one of President Barack Obama's key judicial nominees.
Confirmation of Robert Wilkins would complete an overhaul of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Democratic appointees would have a 7-4 majority on a bench second in power to the Supreme Court.
The scheduled late afternoon Senate vote would be another demonstration of Senate Democrats' ability to wedge through most presidential nominees by a simple majority.
Wilkins is a circuit judge. Democrats have pushed through two other nominees to the D.C. Circuit since they changed filibuster procedures in November.
The vote comes as the Supreme Court hears arguments about Obama's use of a constitutional provision to make temporary, or recess, appointments to administration jobs.