Nuclear Option

ACSBlogĀ reports that Sen. Bill Frist’s “nuclear option,” an attempt to curb Democratic filibusters, doesn’t have the numbers for support.

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As Congress left Washington for its President’s Day week-long recess, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist appeared not to have corralled enough Republican votes to carry out his often repeated threat to use a parliamentary power-play called the “nuclear option” to extinguish Democrats’ filibusters of judicial nominations. The “nuclear option” covers a variety of stratagems to use a simple 51-49 majority vote to force a floor up-or-down vote on a nominee, rather than the 60 votes prescribed by Senate Rule 22 to end floor debate, or the 67 votes required to change the rules themselves.