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Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is surrounded by reporters as he returns to his office after meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, July 15, 2013. The Senate Democrats that make up the majority and the Republicans that comprise the minority are gathering in a rare closed-door meeting in the Old Senate Chamber for a showdown over presidential nominees that have been blocked by a GOP filibuster.

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Filibuster fight: Senators scrapping over nominees (VIDEO)

A showdown looming, Republicans and Democrats held extraordinary marathon talks behind closed doors over the fate of several of President Barack Obama’s stalled appointees Monday night in a dispute that threatened what little bipartisan cooperation remains in the Senate.

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