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Senate "nuclear option" inevitable in May

Reported by Chrish - April 7, 2005

Major Garrett reported today 4/7/05 on Special Report with Brit Hume that the Republican Senate leader, Bill Frist, is prepared to enact rule changes in May that would effectively halt Democrat Senators from having any say in Bush's judicial nominations. Democrat Senators vow to shut down all other Senate business when this happens.

No Democrats showed today at a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee to vote on the nomination of Thomas Griffith to the powerful Appeals Court in the DC Circuit. Four Democrats are in Rome for the Pope's funeral, leaving Dems outnumbered 8:4 on the committee. Senator Arlen Specter cancelled the meeting when it was apparent there would not be enough Senators present necessary for a vote (10).

DINO Zell Miller angrily denounced Democrats ("liberal party activists") who are unwilling to allow a vote on six of Bush's most right-wing nominations. Senator Charles Shumer (D-NY) explained his party's position saying "We're defending the checks and balances. We're not letting people change rules in the middle of the game. So, I think we're in for the long haul on this."

Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) said he would try, as did Miller, to find a compromise that guarantees nominees eventually receive a simple majority vote for confirmation.

When asked by Brit Hume if it was clear to him that Republicans are prepared to "go nuclear" and change the rules of the Senate in May, Garrett replied "They are prepared to do it. But there's going to be a carefully orchestrated process between now and then. What Republicans want to do is present a series of compromises...negotiated between Senators Frist and Nelson....Republicans expect Democrats to reject it because it's going to be very similar to what they rejected that Frist and Zell Miller put together. After that they will say to the Republicans, 'we've tried everything, we have no other choice', pull the Republicans together, and enforce the rule change."

Comment: Well thanks for the heads up. Now we know it is (will be) a farce and the proposals will not be made in good faith, only as a show so they can claim, for the record, that they "tried". These Senators should be ashamed at how they are running end games around the Constitution and denying half the people in this country a say in our future.

Contact your Senator and the Judiciary Committee Members and voice your opposition to one-party rule.

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