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Chris Dodd discusses "the nuclear option" to change filibuster rules on "Meet the Press"

Chris Dodd discusses the nuclear option to change filibuster rules on Meet the Press

Chris Dodd discusses "the nuclear option" to change filibuster rules on "Meet the Press"

Transcript for May 1

Guests: Andrew Card, White House Chief of Staff; Sen. George Allen, R-Va.; Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn.
NBC News
Updated: 11:00 a.m. ET May 1, 2005


MR. RUSSERT: What happens if they exercise the nuclear option?

SEN. DODD: Well, I think it'd be a sad day. You know, we're only temporary custodians of the Senate. And the irony is, my good friend is from Virginia. The people who wrote this Constitution, many of them came from Virginia, people like Madison and Monroe and, of course, Hamilton from New York and others. And they set up a system, a bicameral system in the legislative branch. The Senate was to be a place where the rights of the minority were protected, using the vehicle of extended debate. The House is a place where the majority rules. That's why they set this system up.

What a great pity it would be that we would strip away and destroy what has been a very critical element to bring people together. Now, we shouldn't use extended debate, you know, in an irresponsible way, and that's up to individual members of the Senate how they do it. But to tear away the ability to have extended debate--the irony that I would be able to have...


SEN. DODD: ...extended debate on some undersecretary, who may have a job for two years, and not be able to use extended debate for somebody who gets a lifetime job--the only position in the federal government for which you get a lifetime job...

SEN. ALLEN: This debate has gone on for three or four years.

SEN. DODD: ...and just throw it away.

MR. RUSSERT: 1959, Senator Thomas Dodd called for the abolition of the filibuster.

SEN. DODD: He was wrong...

SEN. ALLEN: Well, understand, Tim...

MR. RUSSERT: All right.

SEN. ALLEN: ...this has only to do with judges, not on general legislation.

SEN. DODD: I disagreed with my father from time to time.

MR. RUSSERT: We've got to go. Chris Dodd, George Allen, thanks very much. We'll be right back.

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