The Senate and Filibuster Changes

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During President Bush's first term, Democrats blocked 10 of his judicial nominees by filibuster, which takes a three-fifths majority — 60 votes — to end. In order to get these nominees to a vote, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is threatening to use another parliamentary device that's been called the nuclear option: declaring filibusters of judicial nominees to be unconstitutional.


Sen. Patrick Leahy, (D-VT); ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee

Sen. John Cornyn, (R-TX); member of Senate Judiciary Committee



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