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Wednesday, May 11, 2005
reviewjournal.com -- News: Reid doesn't back down from Friday remark about B...: "During Tuesday's news conference, Reid also challenged Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., to schedule a vote on the 'nuclear option,' under which Senate rules would be changed to allow a simple majority vote to stop a filibuster of a judicial nominee. This would mean a filibuster could be ended with 51 votes instead of 60, as in now required.

'We are prepared for a vote on the nuclear option,' Reid said. 'Democrats will join responsible Republicans in a vote to uphold the constitutional principle of checks and balances.'

Earlier, Frist told reporters he does not plan to seek a vote on the nuclear option before the Senate passes a highway bill and a supplemental spending bill to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and tsunami relief. So the Senate would be unlikely to vote on the nuclear option until next week at the earliest."
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