- - Wednesday, April 5, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The GOP should take advantage of Sen. Chuck Schumer’s promise to filibuster the Gorsuch Supreme Court nomination (“Girding Republican Loins for the War,” Web, March 30). They should go beyond the Schumer invitation to create another filibuster exception for Supreme Court picks. Already going “nuclear” to do just this, why not go nuclear on the filibuster rule altogether? Left in place, the existing filibuster rule will surely be employed by the partisan Democrats to defeat the upcoming legislation to rebuild defense, reorder budget priorities and make government more efficient.

The Republican Senate traditionalists should get with the times. The sad reality is that the Senate Democrats, once back in control and the first to go nuclear, can be expected to do it over and over again to get their stuff through the Senate. Senate Republican leaders should recognize that the current filibuster rule exists only to be used against Republican initiatives.

JAMES K. JEANBLANC

Arlington

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