Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, flanked by Sen. Jeff Merkley (right) and Sen. Tom Udall, hails a Democratic victory after averting a political meltdown, clearing the way for confirmation of presidential nominees. (Associated Press)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, flanked by Sen. Jeff Merkley (right) and Sen. Tom Udall, hails a Democratic victory after averting a political meltdown, clearing the way for confirmation of presidential nominees. (Associated Press)