Monday, April 25, 2005

Filibust

"Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said it was not "radical" ... as he hardened his effort to strip Democrats of their power "

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"Republicans have abandoned the long-standing tradition of consulting with the minority party on the more controversial choices"

"Bush took the provocative step this year of renominating seven of the 10 filibustered judges."
""Either confirm the nominees or reject them," Frist said. "Don't leave them hanging." --Frist

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""Our judiciary must be independent, impartial and fair," said Frist, who was not present at the event. "

"Condolences quickly gave way to anger and accusations, with the top Republican in the House of Representatives warning judges at both the state and federal level they will have to answer for their actions.
"The time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior," said Tom DeLay, the Republican leader who moved the Florida case to the federal arena. "

"Frist, speaking at an event organized by Christian groups trying to rally churchgoers to support an end to judicial filibusters, also said judges deserve "respect, not retaliation, no matter how they rule."

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"They are seeking to take away the independence of the judiciary — the crown jewel in our system of government — so that they can advance their own ideological agenda of the day," said Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.). "That is exactly the kind of tyranny that our ancestors fought to prevent."

Sources:
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/04/25/politics/main690528.shtml
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0404-03.htm