Friday, May 20, 2005
Let the Cato Institute's Roger Pilon help you. He explains why the Senate should be allowed to end filibusters with 51 votes.
This should be the week that Senate Republicans begin closing off the judicial filibuster, and not a moment too soon. Majority Leader Bill Frist has let the matter fester long enough for the nation to see what's going on. The desperation of the Democrats who continue to block the president's appellate court nominees is palpable.Its time to let these judges take their place in court.
What better evidence than Minority Leader Harry Reid's assault last Thursday on Michigan Appeals Court Judge Henry Saad, up for a seat on the Sixth Circuit since 2001: "All you need to do is have a member go upstairs and look at his confidential report from the F.B.I., and I think we would all agree there is a problem there." No evidence, just smear, against a man who's served since 1994. Would the president have nominated Saad not once but three times if there were a problem? Yet Judge Saad languishes, along with others nominated years ago.