"Nuclear option" avoided - for now

Dear Robin,

We did it. Last night, public pressure forced the Senate to back down from the "nuclear option," which would have banned unlimited debate on George Bush's judicial nominations. This is an important victory for the environment and democracy.

If the Senate had banned the filibuster, it would have opened the floodgates for the Bush administration to pack the courts with anti-environment judges like William Myers III. Under the deal struck last night, senators preserved the right to filibuster the Myers nomination.

This action doesn't mean that the Senate won’t ever invoke the nuclear option -- but for now, the Senate is holding the line. Let your Senators know that you are glad they are choosing to keep rules and precedents that have protected our democracy for 200 years. Click here to send them your personal thanks -- and remind them you’ll be watching next time.

Hundreds of thousands of people from all corners of the country spoke out to their Senators on this issue. Individual voices, individual actions make an incredible difference. YOUR voice will be critical as we continue this fight to stop partisan attempts to take over our courts. Your voice makes a difference.

Your support during this time and always is the key to our success, and we are glad that you've stood with us at such a critical time. We hope that you will continue to support us on future campaigns. Thank you once again for helping us win this fight for democracy.


Deb Callahan
League of Conservation Voters

P.S. Urge your friends to thank their Senators and let them know that we're watching -- click here.