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Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Judicial proceedings on the Senate floor
C-SPAN2 is a great way to start the day.
It's time to start the floor hearing on judicial nominee Priscilla Owen, one that will obviously be long and contentious and ugly. Before beginning, however, our Minority Leader Harry Reid moved to rearrange the schedule to get four other "non-controversial" nominees, already on the calendar, to the front of the line so quick confirmations could take place before rolling up their sleeves and getting into the tough stuff. This would put four judges on the bench within days (remember the backlogged dockets?), rather than make four good judges wait for the results of one ugly fight.
Majority Leader Frist rejected the suggestion. He said that after "careful deliberation" his side decided Priscilla Owen must come first. Picking a political fight (and coming up with an excuse to rewrite the Senate rules) is more important to Frist than actually helping the judiciary get its job done.