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The Adler Proposal


I have no problem with blue slips or voting down nominees in committee. The Senate can, at any time, bring a nominee to the floor for a vote if a simple majority of the members decide to do so (including the blue-slipped Michigan nominees). Not so with a filibuster, in which 40 can stop confirmation. The up or down vote applies to nominees who make it out of committee. It has now been redefined to mean that every nominee should have a vote on the Senate floor. Republican senators need to be less sloppy in defining what they’re talking about (unless, of course, I am wrong about their intentions, and they actually believe every nominee should get a vote in the full Senate). While I have no problem with your point, I don’t see the Democrats buying it. They want the filibuster and, I expect, won’t agree to anything short of it.


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