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Second Estrada cloture vote fails

[JURIST] The second cloture motion in the Senate to terminate debate over judicial nominee Miguel Estrada failed Thursday afternoon by a vote of 55-42 [roll call vote] (60 votes required to carry; the first cloture motion on March 6 failed 55-44). President Bush issued a statement condemning "partisan obstructionist tactics," but the filibuster continues. The floor statement of Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Democrat Patrick Leahy on the cloture motion is now available.

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