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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:44 AM
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GET TO KNOW RULE IV....

GET TO KNOW RULE IV.... With the Senate Democratic caucus up to 59 seats, chances are pretty good that President Obama's Supreme Court nominee will be confirmed, no matter how big a fit the right throws. Even if Republicans abandon everything they said during the Bush years and launched a filibuster, it'd be pretty difficult to sustain it.

The problem, however, might be getting the nominee to the floor.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has a procedural rule, Rule IV to be specific, that will require judicial nominees to get at least one vote from the minority party in order to advance to a vote of the full Senate. Up until last week, that one vote was likely to be Sen. Arlen Specter, the most moderate Republican on the committee.

Specter has, of course, become an ostensible Dem, and now there are no GOP moderates on the Judiciary Committee.

The current Republican Judiciary Committee members are: Orrin Hatch, Chuck Grassley, Jon Kyl, Jeff Sessions, Lindsey Graham, John Cornyn, and Tom Coburn (Roll Call is reporting that Hatch or Session -- both conservatives -- are Specter's potential successors for the ranking slot). Most of these Republicans are pretty conservative save Graham, who was a member of the Gang of 14 which, you may remember, came up with the solution to avoid the nuclear option on judges.

If Obama comes up with a nominee opposed by the right, Graham will be under a lot of pressure to block the appointment -- essentially an insurmountable committee filibuster. Rahm may want to put Graham's # on speed dial.



For what it's worth, Graham, at least for now, doesn't sound like he's inclined to block the eventual nominee.

"The only way the Obama administration can screw this up is to nominate someone who is a radical," said Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), a senior member of the Judiciary Committee. Graham said Republicans understood that "you're basically going to replace one liberal with another."


Just one more angle to keep an eye on.

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/20...
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TygrBright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:56 AM
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1. This seems apropos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f_p0CgPeyA

Rules from the University of Wallamaloo

helpfully,
Bruce... No, BRIGHT!
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Phx_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 11:58 AM
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2. Very interesting. Thanks for that!
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Occam Bandage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 12:01 PM
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3. Certainly better than Rule XXXIV, so long as we're talking about Senators...
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EffieBlack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 12:10 PM
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4. Not quite accurate - Rule IV does not require a minority vote to send to the floor
It requires that a member of the minority must agree to close off debate and bring the matter to a vote in committee. If there is an objection to closing off debate, the Chairman will call for a vote and if there are at least 10 votes to cut off debate and have a vote, one of which must be from the minority, then the nomination will proceed to a vote. But there is no requirement that the nomination get a vote from the minority in order to go to the floor.

"The Chairman shall entertain a non-debatable motion to bring a matter before the Committee to a vote. If there is objection to bring the matter to a vote without further debate, a roll call vote of the Committee shall be taken, and debate shall be terminated if the motion to bring the matter to a vote without further debate passes with ten votes in the affirmative, one of which must be cast by the minority."
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