Strengthening Constitutional Self-Government

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The Senate Majority

Here is an interesting article from Roll Call explaining how Democrats, emboldened by Landrieu’s win, are threatening to hold up reorganization of Senate Committees if the Republicans don’t agree to nearly equal budgets for the majority and minority committees. The parties have agreed that Republicans will have a one seat advantage on all committees, but it has not yet been decided how this will be accomplished: whether by adding to Republicans to each committee, or removing a Democrat from each.

In a move that may be a portend of things to come, Hatch has already struck a deal with Leahy, under which the funding for the Judiciary Committee will be equal regardless of the distribution for the rest of the Senate. Many Republican analysts--including your humble correspondent--are anxiously following developments in Judiciary Committee, where Chairman Hatch will need great resolve against what will likely be stalwart opposition to getting judicial confirmations back on track.

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