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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

The Bolton Filibuster

The Washington Times reports on a new attempt for closure. Link.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said yesterday he will force another vote to end a filibuster of President Bush's pick to be ambassador to the United Nations at the end of this week, and called Democrats' recent letter requesting information "absurd."

I have a much better idea for Senator Frist. Get the Republican caucus together and arrange for a disciplined vote as follows: After the cloture vote fails, hold a vote on a Senate rules change to ban filibusters on nominations of UN ambassadors, and force a majority vote up or down.

Imagine the impact if this passes. No issue will have been created for the Democrats to exploit, because lifetime appointments to the bench are not involved, but a huge vat of ice water will have been poured on the heads of Democrats planning filibusters of future judicial nominations. What better demonstration could there be that the Republicans stand ready to change the Senate rules to ban judicial filibusters, if it becomes necessary.

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