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2005

Frist takes the bait in filibuster battle

04/28/05

With a showdown looming, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist refused to budge today on his demand that Democrats forgo filibusters against all of President Bush's past or present nominees to federal appellate court benches or the Supreme Court. 'Throughout this debate, we have held firm to a simple principle, judicial nominees deserve up-or-down votes,' Frist said. But Frist offered to retain the right to filibuster district court nominees in exchange for 100 hours of debate and guaranteed confirmation votes on the nation's highest judgeships. The Senate's top Republican also said that under his plan, senators would no longer be able to block nominees in the Judiciary Committee...

//www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/3158688

from Houston Chronicle


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