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Senate Session - May 23, 2005

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.

11:30AM - 6:05PM ETSenate Session 6:14PM - 10:13PM ETSenate Session

    117th Congress - Senate
    Total Hours: 203 (After 65 days)
    • Debate53 Hours
    • Quorum Calls38 Hours
    • Votes55 Hours

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