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“Filibusters”



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One of the latest tactics of the leftwing groups and senators in the judge battle is to argue that hearing delays and senatorial holds are the equivalent of filibusters. First, delays and holds have been standard practice of both parties for decades, like them or not. The full Senate has the power to bring the candidate to the floor despite these tactics. Second, filibusters have not been standard practice, and prevent the full Senate from voting on nominees. And for all the lament about Clinton’s judges being delayed, he appointed nearly as many judges as Reagan, including 2 Supreme Court justices with little opposition. Moreover, he continued to nominate judicial candidates late in his term, knowingly full well there would not be time to process them. The Republicans would do well to break down the numbers.



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