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  •  I agree with Sen. Merkley: (6+ / 0-)
    Senator Jeff Merkley, Democrat of Oregon, who favors a change in rules for judges, said that he sensed reluctance among his colleagues to eliminate filibusters against judicial nominees in the event that Democrats found themselves in the minority in the future.

    “They’ll say, ‘Those folks are two or four years. They’re not lifetime appointments like judges,’ ” he said. “And so with judges we want to protect and sustain the ability to block,” he said, adding that he did not share that view because any majority can change the rules at any point and render the judicial filibuster obsolete.

    Preserving a filibuster on judicial nominees is not going to protect against judges you disagree with down the line if you’re in the minority,” Mr. Merkley said.

    "One faction of one party in one House of Congress in one branch of government doesn't get to shut down the entire government just to refight the results of an election."

    by Inland on Fri Nov 01, 2013 at 08:33:20 AM PDT

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