Should the Republicans employ the "Nuclear Option" on Filibusters? For over 200 years, the US Senate rules have included a filibuster. In essence, a filibuster is unlimited speechmaking to delay or obstruct legislative action. Such tactics have been employed by the minority party to stop the voting of the Senate on controversial laws or federal nominees. Currently, the filibuster can be stopped by a 60-40 vote. Recently, the Republican-controlled Senate is considering using the "Nuclear Option". Senate Majority leader Bill Frist is threatening to change the rules of the senate by voting out the filibuster. Accordingly, a 50-50 vote by the senate can effectively kill this rule (VP Cheney would break the tie). Why may you ask are the Republicans considering this option? In essence, to stop the Democrats from filibustering President Bush's nominees for federal judges. In the last four years, the Democrats have used this tactic to stop Bush from packing the lower courts with 10 ultraconservative right-wing judicial nominees. In the past, the Republicans have also used this same method to stop many Democratic presidential nominees. With one or more of the current US Supreme Court judges probably retiring in the near future, the filibuster is the only tactic the Senate Democrats have left in stopping a judicial candidate. A judge that, if confirmed, could conceivably change the overall position of the court --> and potentially overturn laws like Roe v Wade. A few links that discuss this issue are below: Findlaw Washington Post MSNBC With a current 55-45 Republican majority in the Senate, the end of the filibuster is a very real possibility. What are your views on this issue?