Monday, May 23, 2005

"The Nuclear Option is Off the Table"

Thus said Minority Leader Harry Reid a few moments ago.
Fourteen senators announced an aggreement to avoid the use of the nuclear option to shut down filibusters of judicial nominees. The fourteen agreed to vote for cloture on a filibuster of three nominees (Priscilla Owen, William Pryor & Janice Rogers Brown), and to not support cloture on filibusters of two other nominees. Further, they agreed to not filibuster future judicial nominees except in "extraordinary circumstances."
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), one of the fourteen, predicted:
The White House is going to get more involved and listen to us more.
Similarly, Senator Reid voiced his hope that President Bush will consult Senate leaders on both sides before sending up a Supreme Court nomination.
The group of fourteen are:
Republicans: Chaffee, Collins, DeWine, Graham, McCain, Snowe, Warner
Democrats: Byrd, Inouye, Pryor, Landrieu, Lieberman, Nelson, Salazar

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