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1/19/2005

Nuclear Option

From The Hill's January 20 Tipsheet:

Expect Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) to trigger the much anticipated and much feared nuclear option next month. The procedural tactic will strip Democrats of the ability to filibuster judicial nominees through a ruling of the Senate chair, upheld by a majority vote of the chamber. Some observers thought that Frist would reserve the controversial tactic for a Supreme Court nomination fight. But Frist indicated otherwise earlier this month when he said: “Next month we will have the opportunity to restore Senate tradition. I will bring one of the president’s very capable, qualified, and experienced judicial nominees to the floor.” Conservative advocates interpreted those remarks as a solid indication that Frist will go nuclear in February.

 

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