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Wrangle over judicial posting in U.S.

Jamie Wilson

WASHINGTON: A showdown between U.S. President George W. Bush and U.S. Senate Democrats over the make-up of the Federal judiciary began on Wednesday, in a battle that could shape laws governing some of the most divisive issues facing the country.

The Republican Majority Leader, Senator Bill Frist, rejected last-minute offers from Democrats to try to avert the crisis when he began a debate on the confirmation of an anti-abortion judge whose appointment had already been blocked by the minority party.

Republicans had threatened to trigger what has been dubbed the ``nuclear option'' — wiping out the delaying tactic of the filibuster, which allows the minority party to talk a proposal to death — if the Democrats blocked the nomination again.

Such a rule change would let the Republicans push through Mr. Bush's most controversial judicial nominees, including those to the Supreme Court.

Appointments to Federal courts are for life, and with three members of the Supreme Court predicted to stand down before the next presidential election, that could allow Mr. Bush to shape the make-up and direction of the court for a generation. In turn, Harry Reid, the Democratic Minority Leader in the Senate, had warned that if the Republicans tried to get rid of the filibuster for judicial nominations he would do everything in his power to bring the Senate to a standstill, potentially threatening the legislative agenda. Mr. Reid tried to head off the crisis on Wednesday by urging Republicans to skip over the nomination of the Texas judge Priscilla Owen, one of the hotly contested appointments because of her anti-abortion views. —

© Guardian Newspapers Limited 2004

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