Home School Legal Defense Association

P.O. Box 3000, Purcellville, VA 20134



For Immediate Release Contact: Ian Slatter
November 12, 2003 (540) 338-8663

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MINORITY AS MAJORITY: THE JUDICIAL ‘FILIBUSTER’
HSLDA urges ‘up or down’ vote on President’s nominees



Washington, DC - Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) will be holding a press conference to support the effort to achieve an ‘up or down’ vote on President Bush’s judicial nominees. “A minority in the Senate must not be allowed to thwart the Constitution’s provisions for the appointment of judges,” said Tom Washburne, Director of the National Center for Home Education (NCHE), a division of HSLDA. “Having served the cause of homeschool freedom for over 20 years in the courts and in the legislatures, we know first hand how critical it is that the Constitution be followed.”

The Constitution gives the President the power to appoint judges, with the “advice and consent” of the Senate. Senate Democrats have taken to utilizing the filibuster procedure, which requires under Senate rules a 60 vote super majority before debate may be ended and a vote taken. In utilizing the filibuster, the Senate minority places a new requirement into the Constitution, which results in a minority choosing judges rather than the majority. This is profoundly dangerous for the country. The President is entitled to have his appointees given an ‘up or down vote’.

Speakers at this event include Mike Farris, President of Patrick Henry College and Chairman of the Board of HSLDA; George Landrith, President, Frontiers of Freedom; Maurice McBride, President, Family Action Counsel International; and Ned Ryun, Director of the Generation Joshua Program, HSLDA.

Event - Press Conference on Judicial Nominees
Location - The Mansfield Room (207), Capitol Building
Date - Thursday, November 13 at 1:30 am (middle of Wed. night!)

For additional information please contact Ian Slatter, Director of Media Relations at (540) 338 8663 or via e-mail Ian@hslda.org.

Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is a 20 year old, 80,000 member non-profit organization and the preeminent association advocating the legal right of parents to home school their children.

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