Sen. Byrd Speaks to Nuclear Option
West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd took to the Senate floor this afternoon to deliver a compelling speech (pdf) outlining the role of the filibuster in maintaining the checks and balances of a robust democracy, and protecting the rights of the minority.
....If the filibuster is eliminated, Bush, Cheney and 50 senators could steamroll up to four new justices onto the Court – enough to create a right-wing majority. Frist needs the votes of half the Senate plus Vice President Cheney’s tie-breaker to succeed in this bare-knuckles move to eliminate the filibuster. That means we must win the votes of all 44 Democratic senators, the one Independent, and at least six courageous Republicans to stop him.
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