Friday, May 13, 2005

Gridlock is Good

The fight for the filibuster, which has been building for weeks, will come to a head very soon and rage on afterward with the Democrats threatening to shut down the government if they lose.
Under the so-called nuclear option scenario, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., will ask for a ruling from the chair -- where Vice President Dick Cheney will be sitting -- that will permit an end to debate on judicial nominees by a simple majority of 51 senators, not the current 60. If Frist is successful, the Democrats are expected to bring much of the Senate's business to a halt. Frist said Friday he would bring the nominations of Priscilla Owen to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and Janice Rogers Brown to the 9th Circuit to a vote this week.

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