Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Rewrite of Senate Rule Goes Too Far.(Final)(Editorial)


Since the beginning of President Bush's term, the Senate has confirmed 124 of his judicial nominees. Two others have been thwarted by Democrats, who have repeatedly refused to shut off debate over controversial appellate nominees Miguel Estrada and Priscilla Owen. Under a longstanding Senate rule employed by both parties over the years, they can do so.

But a Republican-sponsored amendment to Senate rules would scrap the ability to filibuster. Under a proposal by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a president's judicial nominees would have to be granted a simple up or down vote within two weeks of the first vote.

The current rule requires 60 senators to halt debate on any subject and force a vote. …

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