Senate Session

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

The Senate continued consideration of the nomination of Priscilla Owen as a judge for the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Judge Owen 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 have changed Senate rules by allowing 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.

Following a bipartisan compromise on consideration of judicial nominations to avoid the “nuclear option,” a final confirmation vote passed 56 to 43.

The Senate then began consideration of the nomination of John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. close

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

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Program ID:
186908-1
Category:
Senate Proceeding
Format:
Senate Proceeding
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
May 25, 2005
Last Aired:
May 29, 2005

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  • May 25, 2005 | 9:28am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • May 25, 2005 | 9:06pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • May 26, 2005 | 8:42am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • May 29, 2005 | 6:20am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 29, 2005 | 10:48am EDT | C-SPAN 1
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