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Friday, May 20, 2005

Senate Showdown

It's getting down to brass tacks in the Senate as Republicans and Democrats fight over judicial nominees. Republicans are threatening the "nuclear" option and Democrats are fighting back by saying they will shut down Senate proceedings if Republicans go through with their tactic.

Latest quotes by the leaders:

Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN)

"We will continue that debate," Frist said. "Ten hours, 20 hours, 30 hours, as many hours as it takes for senators to air their views. But at some point, that debate should end and there should be a vote."

Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)

"The attempt to do away with the filibuster is nothing short of clearing the trees for the confirmation of an unacceptable nominee to the Supreme Court."

Sen Rick Santorum (R-PA)

"What the Democrats are doing is the equivalent of Adolf Hitler in 1942 saying, 'I'm in Paris. How dare you invade me. How dare you bomb my city? It's mine.' This is no more the rule of the senate than it was the rule of the senate before not to filibuster."

Some Senators (Sen. John Warner and Sen. Robert Byrd) are still trying to work on a compromise and are optimistic but time is running out.

Will those negotiators be like MacGyver and cut the blue wire just in the nick of time?

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