Senate GOP leader says filibuster ban only for judiciary selection

[JURIST] Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist [official website] said Tuesday that a proposed Senate rule change to ban filibusters [JURIST report] would only apply to the process of confirming judicial nominees [JURIST news archive], and would not extend into other legislative issues. Fifty votes are needed to approve a rules change that would end Democrats' ability to block President Bush's judicial nominees. Last term, 10 nominees were blocked through filibuster threats, and 34 nominees were confirmed. Bush has reappointed 7 of the 10 who were blocked. While only 50 votes are needed to change the rules, it requires 60 senators to end a filibuster. Several Republican-leaning groups such as Gun Owners of America and the National Right to Work Committee oppose a ban on legislative filibusters, as Republicans have used legislative filibuster threats to stop antigun and pro-union legislation. AP has more.

In a related story, over 1,000 law students, law professors, legal scholars have banded together to oppose the elimination of the filibuster [press release]. Members of the legal community will present letters of opposition to Sen. Richard Durbin this Thursday, April 21, at a national event at Georgetown University Law School.



 

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.