John Eastman, Director of the Institute's Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, testified before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution on Tuesday, May 6, contending that the current use of the filibuster to create an effective 60-vote requirement for confirmation of President Bush's nominees raises serious constitutional questions and that the Senate's World War I-era requirement that Senate rules can only be changed by a 2/3 vote is itself unconstitutional.
Dr. Eastman's testimony is available in PDF by clicking here. (Requires Adobe Acrobat.) The hearing was chaired by freshman Texas Senator John Cornyn, who noted in his opening remarks that the panel on which Eastman appeared was "comprised of the nation's leading constitutional experts who have studied and written about the confirmation process."
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