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Reid: No Filibuster on Kavanaugh


Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid stated today that Democrats will “allow cloture to be invoked” on the Kavanaugh nomination and then debate the nomination for up to 30 hours.


In his comments, Reid claimed that majority leader Frist could have done things “the easy way” and gotten a time agreement, but that Frist instead wanted to “appeal to the right wing.”  But Reid’s own comments indicate that he wouldn’t have agreed to a vote until after the Memorial Day recess, and it’s far from clear that Reid, who doesn’t have much clout with his fellow Democrats, would even have been able to obtain their consent to that schedule.  In short, Senate Democrats made it necessary for Frist to file a cloture petition in order to enable a vote on Kavanaugh.

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