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    24 May 2005

    Frist intends to renege on deal

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    I wont say I told you so, but this was his statement Monday night
    Mr. President, a lot has been said about the uniqueness of this body. And, indeed, our Senate is unique. And we all, as individuals and collectively as a body, have a role to play in ensuring its cherished nature remains intact.

    And, indeed, as demonstrated by tonight's agreement and by the ultimate implementation of that agreement, we have done just that.

    Which is not what is being reported by Congresses Daily PM which thinks that Frist will hold up his side of the bargin with Dobson later this week
    Senate Majority Leader Frist will file for cloture on President Bush's nomination of William Myers to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals later this week, according to sources on and off Capitol Hill, wasting no time in testing the resolve of 14 Republican and Democratic senators who forced at least a temporary halt to the battle over Democratic filibusters of President Bush's judicial picks.

    (Credit to ZanderOC of the dKos community and ThinkProgress)

    The MSM has picked this up, here.

    In the afterglow of the bipartisan accord announced Monday night to avert a Senate showdown on changing the filibuster rule, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist emphasized Tuesday that he wasn’t a party to the deal and would quickly try to implement the rule change if Democrats resumed use of the filibuster to derail President Bush’s judicial nominees.
    ...
    Thus Frist made it clear only 18 hours after the accord was announced just how brittle it was. It seemed that a decisive vote over filibusters of judicial nominees had only been deferred for a while.

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