The "Nuclear Option": Bill Frist ready to End the Filibuster
by Cicero, Tue Feb 15, 2005 at 11:57:06 AM EST
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From The Washington Times:
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist says he has the 51 votes needed to change Senate rules and make it easier for Republicans to overcome Democratic filibusters against President Bush's judicial nominees, but he hopes such a change won't be necessary.
"We need to restore the over 200-year tradition and precedent of allowing every nominee of the president who has majority support an up-or-down vote on the floor of the United States Senate," Mr. Frist told The Washington Times on Thursday.
"It's consistent with the Constitution, where we are as a body to give advice and consent, and the only way we can give advice and consent is an up-or-down vote on the floor of the Senate."
Mr. Frist said he has not made a decision on whether he will force the rule change the first time that Democrats filibuster a nominee.
Asked about the so-called "nuclear option" of changing Senate rules to bar filibusters against executive nominations, Mr. Frist said that would be a "constitutional option."
"The nuclear option is what they did to me last year when they changed the precedent," he said.
But although he warned in the opening session that he is ready to employ the option, he said last week that he won't necessarily do it at the first filibuster against a judicial nominee.
"The specific decision has not been made," he said. "I've got some pretty clear alternatives to use and, again, I'll just continue to appeal to the other side."
read the full article at http://www.washtimes.com/national/20050214-121801-4700r.htm
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