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  •  A question? (1+ / 0-)
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    I can't recall if the repugs used the "up or down" mantra exclusively for judicial, and other Presidential appointments, or for legislative action?  If is was just for appointments, we might have to wait until a Democratic President nominates a judge unpopular with the right to make this point more powerfully.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Mon Jul 23, 2007 at 09:45:19 AM PDT

    •  Used on Issues Besides Judges (1+ / 0-)
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      The GOP has used the "Up or Down Vote" for issues besides judicial nominations.  From the piece above:

      So successful were the Republicans in the confirmations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito that their "up or down vote" weapon was deployed in other battles.  For example, President Bush called for the line-item veto and "up or down votes" of budget items he would excise with a stroke of his pen.  Early on, Bush had also called for fast-track authority with up or down Senate votes on new trade agreements.  And an angry President Bush cited the failure to receive an up or down vote as the driver the resignation of the recess appointed and now disgraced UN ambassador John Bolton.  Meanwhile, Bill Frist joined the act in 2006 over the immigration issue...

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