Frist Decries Dems' Threats at Alito Delay

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R.-Tenn.) outlined his plans should Democrats delay Samuel Alito’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. Earlier in the week, Frist said he wouldn’t tolerate Democrats’ stall tactics.

Following a conference call with Senate Republicans, he announced:

  • Whenever the Judiciary Committee reports out the Alito nomination, the full Senate will begin work on the nominee the next business day.
  • If Democrats delay final action past January 20th, he will cancel the recess for the week of January 23rd which he had previously scheduled with the knowledge of Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).
  • Until the Senate votes, up or down, on the Alito nomination, he will not act on any other legislative item.

    "Nothing right now is more key than the Senate voting, up or down, on the nomination of Judge Alito," Frist said. "I will keep the Senate at work and focused on the Alito nomination until we are done. Judge Alito, his family and the American people deserve a prompt and fair up or down vote on the Senate floor. When it comes to any delay in Judge Alito’s nomination, a Justice delayed will not be a Justice denied."

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