The Washington Times reports that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist will propose a rules change to end filibusters on executive nominees:

Currently, 60 votes are required to break a filibuster, which is also called invoking cloture. The resolution, co-sponsored by several senators, will require 60 votes only in the first attempt at invoking cloture. In each attempt after that, the vote requirement will drop by three until it reaches a simple majority of 51 votes.
This rule change will apply only to executive nominations, not legislative business.

While this strikes me as a workable compromise, it’s also silly. Unless there will be a waiting period between cloture votes, the logic of requiring an idiotic countdown (60, 57, 54, 51) is lost on me.

FILED UNDER: Iraq War, Law and the Courts, US Politics, , ,
James Joyner
About James Joyner
James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.