The Filibuster Fight

Frustrated by the Democrats' efforts to block floor votes on President Bush's most controversial judicial nominees, the Senate Republican leadership is threatening to change the Senate's rules to prevent the filibustering of judicial nominations. The change to Senate rules would end the practice of requiring 60 votes to end the debate of a nomination.

The U.S. Capitol Building
The fragile compromise that averted a Senate showdown over judicial filibusters deliberately left unanswered the crucial issue likely to be at the heart of a debate over a future Supreme Court vacancy: Can Democrats filibuster a nominee on the grounds that he or she is too conservative without triggering the "nuclear option"?
Senate leaders agree on filibuster changes (Post, January 27, 2011; 9:08 PM)
Senate nears approval of filibuster changes (Post, January 26, 2011)
Senate closer to compromise on proposal to overhaul rules (Post, January 25, 2011; 8:43 PM)
Senators discuss paring list of positions they vet (Post, January 24, 2011)
Senators discuss streamlining confirmation process (Post, January 23, 2011; 11:26 PM)
Senate leaders work to rein in Democrats' filibuster rebellion (Post, January 23, 2011)
Senate in long recess as leaders seek to rein in Democrats' filibuster rebellion (Post, January 22, 2011; 10:00 PM)
New Congress: The swearing-in of the 112th and what's on the agenda (, January 5, 2011; 1:00 PM)
Confirmation molasses (January 4, 2011)
New year, new rules (By Tom Udall, January 4, 2011)

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