Monday, May 23, 2005

... And Then Gets Side-Stepped As Moderate Senators Broker Compromise on Filibusters

A mix of 14 Democratic and Republican Senators brokered an 11th-hour deal this evening, clearing the way for the confirmation of several of President Bush's stalled judicial nominees, while still protecting the long-held rights of a minority-party filibuster.

Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada, while maintaining that he remains opposed to some nominees likely to be confirmed, was receptive to the deal. "Checks and balances have been protected. The integrity of the Supreme Court has been protected from the undue influence of the vocal, radical right wing," Reid said.

But Republican leader Bill Frist of Tennessee saw the deal as falling short of his goal of winning yes-or-no votes for each of Bush's nominees. "It has some good news and it has some disappointing news," said Frist, who admitted he had been side-stepped by the dealmakers.

Under the terms, Democrats will allow final confirmation votes for appeals court nominees Priscilla Owen, Janice Rogers Brown and William Pryor. There is "no commitment" to vote for or against the filibuster against two other appeals court nominees, Henry Saad and William Myers. The agreement said future judicial nominees should only be filibustered "under extraordinary circumstances," with each senator holding the discretion to decide when those conditions had been met.

Leaders of both parties pledged to oppose any attempt to make changes in the application of filibuster rules -- seen as a victory for the Democrats.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pathetic, absolutely pathetic. It just goes to show that neither side was truly fighting for any principles in this matter.

12:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No true, anonymous. The Republicans were fighting for the rights of Blacks and women everywhere, while the Democrats were doing their racist-best to make sure women and people of color didn't get appointed as judges. The parties have done a complete 180. The Democrats are now the conservative bigots and the Republicans the Liberal tolerants. Looks like the Democrats are on the wrong side of history once again.

12:22 PM  

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