Senate Session

The Senate continued consideration of the nomination of Priscilla Owen as a judge for the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
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The Senate continued consideration of the nomination of Priscilla Owen as a judge for the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

She was the first of seven nominations which had been filibustered by the Democrats, the minority party. The Republicans who held a 55 vote majority had proposed changing the confirmation process through a ruling from the President of the Senate, upheld by a majority of Senate, that votes on judicial nominees not be subject to a filibuster. This would be a change in the Senate rules which would allow confirmation by a simple majority vote without having to invoke cloture on debate. This was popularly referred to as the “nuclear option” because of its potential impact on the normal procedure of business in the Senate. 

Debate was evenly divided by time blocks allocated to each party. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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Program ID:
186799-1
Category:
Senate Proceeding
Format:
Senate Proceeding
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
May 19, 2005
Last Aired:
May 20, 2005

Airing Details

  • May 19, 2005 | 9:29am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • May 19, 2005 | 9:23pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • May 20, 2005 | 1:13am EDT | C-SPAN 2

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