Democrats uphold Bolton filibuster

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Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Tennessee Republican, said that decision is up to the White House.

But he said he won’t bring Mr. Bolton up for another vote “unless the goal posts stop shifting.”

Sen. George Allen, Virginia Republican, said a chance remains that some Democrats such as Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, who supported Mr. Bolton for undersecretary of state in 2001, will turn against the filibuster.

“Why should we have to fall back when you have a majority of senators for him?” Mr. Allen said.

Mr. Roberts said Mr. Bolton could be damaged in the eyes of the United Nations if Mr. Bush is forced to make a recess appointment.

Mr. Dodd agreed, but said that’s a reason for Mr. Bush to withdraw the nominee.

“We need someone at the U.N., but we need a good strong person who can be credible with our allies and with those who don’t share our views around the world. That individual is not John Bolton,” he said.

Mr. Bush has used his recess powers in a similar situation, naming two judges in 2004 to federal appeals courts after they had been blocked by Democrats in filibusters — Charles W. Pickering on Jan. 16 and William H. Pryor on Feb. 20.

Mr. Pickering was not renominated to his position, but Mr. Pryor was recently confirmed by the Senate as part of the bipartisan group’s deal to avoid a showdown over filibuster rules.

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