Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Lots of news this morning...

Chief justice visits Capitol Medical Department

The Supreme Court has two nurses on its staff but no physician. In the past, some justices have used the Capitol Medical Department, which is one long block away from the court.

I continue to hope the best for Mr. Chief Justice Rehnquist, and hope the summer will see him in full recovery.

Senators compromise on filibusters

Under the agreement, three of President Bush's nominees for appellate courts stalled by Democratic filibusters will go forward and two others will remain subject to filibuster.

Under the deal, the senators will allow three of Bush's controversial nominees to come to a vote: Owen, Janice Rogers Brown and William Pryor.
The group made no commitment to vote for or against a filibuster on two nominees, William Myers and Henry Saad.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid later welcomed the deal and indicated Democrats would continue to filibuster Myers and Saad, likely dooming their nominations.

This seems like a lot for the Democrats to have given up...especially when it seemed they had the public support on this issue. All and all, this is an example of why the Senate has always been a more deliberative, less partisan body - they find away to work together.

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