Thursday, May 12, 2005

Rochambeau rules in the Senate

Tim Grieve writes an excellent explanation of the "nuclear option" and Senate rules at The nuclear option is of course where Republicans would change the rules of the Senate to disallow filibusters on judicial nominations.

Buried deep within is this:
... Article I, Section 5, Clause 2 of the Constitution ... grants each house of Congress the right to "determine the rules of its proceedings." Under that provision, the Senate could make decisions on judges by rochambeau if 50 senators voted to make that the rule and 67 senators were around to kill off the filibuster that would follow.

Rochambeau is "rock, paper, scissors." Could that be worse than having Republicans in charge?


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