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July 15, 2005

Filibusters Can Kill Me- But Not Stop a Judge?

A majority of the Senate voted to increase spending on rail and mass transit security yesterday, but a filibuster killed the increase:

The vote, 53 to 45, was insufficient for passage under Senate rules because the amendment would have exceeded an agreed budget cap for the department, requiring that it pass by a three-fifths vote.
Okay, not technically a filibuster, but if consensus on budgets are so valuable, why not a consensus on a Justice who may serve for over thirty years on the bench?

Or let's get rid of filibusters and supermajorities altogether.

Or at the least, let's get rid of the hypocrisy and rhetoric and just say that either side will use whatever parliamentary rules at its disposal-- and let's leave high-sounding constitutional rhetoric at the door, shall we?

Posted by Nathan at July 15, 2005 12:09 AM