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"Indeed, the rage of theorists to make constitutions a vehicle for the conveyance of their own crude, and visionary aphorisms of government, requires to be guarded against with the most unceasing vigilance."
     -- Joseph Story
     Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States
     Book III, § 1857.

Monday, November 15, 2004

Can you say, "wasteful complexity"? From today's Corner:

Dave Hoppe recommends:
My proposal would be to change the Senate rules so that every nominee would be guaranteed a vote on the floor. The committees would retain an advisory role, but wouldn't be able to scuttle a nominee. After a nominee is submitted to the Senate and has handed in the paperwork, the committee would have 20 session days to hold a hearing. Then the committee would have another 20 session days to vote on the nominee. If after these days have elapsed, the committee has not voted on the nomination, the nominee would be discharged from the committee and placed on the executive calendar. Then the full Senate would have 20 session days to vote on the nominee on the floor. If it has not voted after these days have elapsed, any senator would be allowed to bring up the nomination for a four-hour debate and vote. No extended debate would be allowed on a floor vote on a nomination. Every nominee could get a vote in the Senate after his nomination has been in the Senate for 60 session days.

Hey, guys, you're making this way too complex. There's no need to nail down Senate procedure; all that need be provided is that, if the Senate fails to vote on a nominee within 60 days, that nominee is automatically confirmed.

-- posted by Clayton 11/15/2004 08:58:00 PM

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