Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Battle in the Senate

Both ran AP articles on Senate Minority Leader Reid’s (D-NV) letter to the Majority Leader Frist (R-TN). The letter was about the Democrats serving “notice Tuesday that they will slow or stop most Senate business if Republicans unilaterally change the rules to assure confirmation of President Bush's controversial court appointments.” Both were AP articles that were very similar. I can match up almost all of the sentences even though the order is somewhat different. I find it odd that the following information was at the end of Fox’s article but was missing from CNN’s version of the AP article. Of the missing information, some of it makes a point for the Democrats. However, most of it leaves out Republican positions with statements from Frist, Hatch (R-UT), and Specter (R-PA).

In his statement, Frist said: "I am committed to getting the work of the American people done in the Senate, which includes advice and consent on the president's judicial nominations as outlined in the Constitution. Never before in the history of the Senate has a nominee with clear majority support been denied an up or down vote on the Senate floor because of a filibuster."

"The Democrats have it backwards," said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. "They broke with a long-standing tradition of giving judicial nominations that reach the Senate floor an up or down vote, and we simply want to restore that tradition."

Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., the Judiciary Committee chairman, has declined to express support for a change in the rules but said Reid moved prematurely.

"Since there's no imminent move by the majority leader to move to reduce the filibuster number from 60 to 51, it seemed a little untimely for Senator Reid to make his statement," Specter said. "My focus is to proceed to try to get these judges confirmed and try to work it out, without coming to the confrontation on the constitutional or nuclear option."

Democrats countered that Republicans have long made use of filibusters, circulating a list that said 31 current GOP members of the Senate had voted to block a final confirmation vote on a judge a total of 213 times.

Links to today’s articles:
http://www.cnn.com/2005/ALLPOLITICS/03/15/senate.judges.ap/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,150528,00.html

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