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Saturday, April 16, 2005

Frist has the votes?

Robert Novak is reporting that Frist has 52 votes to uphold the nu-ku-lar option.

WASHINGTON -- Republican leaders count only two or three GOP senators who will vote against the efforts to end, by a straight majority vote, filibusters on confirmation of judicial nominations.
Sens. Olympia Snowe of Maine and Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island will not support this move, and they are likely to be joined by Sen. John McCain of Arizona. That would mean 52 senators would go along with the parliamentary maneuver attempting to end filibusters on judges. Only 50 are needed.
The only Democrat who might possibly join this effort is Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska. But Bush will not press him to break party discipline if his help is unnecessary.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Griffith Clears Judiciary Committee

In an interesting development, the Judiciary Committee approved Griffith on a 14-4 vote. Schumer, Durbin, Feinstein, and Kohl (WI) all voted YEA. (Which I find quite surprising). If they intend to vote in the same fashion on the floor, that makes Griffith filibuster-proof. (55 GOPers plus the above 4 Dems, plus Ben Nelson of Nebraska who has never supported a filibuster against judicial nominees). So, it seems that Griffith will be the first appellate nominee approved. I wonder if the Dems decided to reduce the number of nominees they will try and filibuster in the hopes of averting the nuclear option.

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