November 14, 2003

HSLDA Hosts Press Conference in U.S. Capitol

Flanked by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, and Senators Lindsey Graham, Rick Santorum, and Norm Coleman, and a dozen tired but enthusiastic young people, HSLDA hosted a 1:30am press conference in the United States Capitol.

The theme of the conference was "Minority as Majority: the Judicial Filibuster." HSLDA Chairman and President of Patrick Henry College Mike Farris, HSLDA PAC Director Ned Ryun, George Landrith, President of Frontiers of Freedom, Tanya Skeen, Vice President of Family Action Council International, and Emile Meppen, a 16 year old from Fredericksburg, Virginia and guest of the Family Action Council spoke at the conference.

It focused attention on the fact that utilizing the Senate filibuster rule to prohibit votes on judicial nominations is unconstitutional. A simple majority is all that is required, not a super-majority of 60 votes, to appoint judges to the federal bench. The Senate debated this issue for over 38 hours straight to call attention to the problem.

HSLDA is involved with this issue because we care about the Constitution. Homeschoolers know first hand that our liberty as Americans depends upon our adherence to our Constitution - even its seemingly mundane procedural aspects. Unconstitutionally blocking the consideration of judges, because they are conservative, politicizes judicial appointments in a destructive and dangerous way, and undermines respect for the rule of law.