Save the filibuster.

Author:Ferguson, Vicki Lynn
Position:WILPF In Washington - Brief Article
 
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Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) and former Judiciary Committee Chair Orrin Hatch (R-UT) have laid the groundwork for a Senate putsch to eliminate the filibuster rule for judicial nominations, in order to force floor votes that would confirm these and Supreme Court nominees by majority vote. Conjuring yet another false crisis, Frist wants to ban filibustering of judicial nominations by a rule change passed by a simple majority vote. (Read Frist's disturbing arguments about what has been dubbed "the nuclear option" by both parties at www.freedomworks.org/informed/issues_template.php?issue_id=2129.)

Ironically, for those who remember the struggle to pass civil rights legislation in the 1960s, the 200-year-old filibuster plays an important role in protecting the separation of powers and the checks and balances framework of the Constitution. It sustains...

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