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Congress Shouldn't Change Filibuster Rule

May 14, 2003

Re "GOP Leader Seeks Senate Rule Change," May 10: Do not change Rule XXII in the U.S. Senate, which would lower the vote to end a filibuster from 60 to 51 votes. Checks and balances are essential in a democracy. To reduce checks and balances is to invite tyranny. Have moderate Republicans moved from the endangered species list to extinction? The so-called nuclear option, wherein the vice president "would hand down a parliamentary rule that Senate Rule XXII did not apply to the president's nomination, only to legislation," is lunacy. When in our history has such arrogance stalked the halls of Congress?

Christopher Pearson

Spring Valley

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That's funny. The Republicans didn't think the judicial confirmation process was "broken" when President Clinton was the one sending up the nominees.

Evelyn Jerome

Santa Monica

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