WASHINGTON - The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) President Deb Callahan today issued the following statement after a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators agreed on a compromise that avoids the "nuclear option" and preserves the time-honored tradition of the Senate filibuster:
"We commend this bipartisan group of senators for their agreement to avoid the so-called 'nuclear option' and preserve the filibuster as an option in stopping radical, anti-environmental judicial nominees from becoming life-long members of the federal bench.
In particular, LCV applauds the fact that the nomination of extreme, anti-environmental nominee William Myers can be filibustered - an important victory for protecting our air, land and water.
For the past four plus years, anti-environmental elected officials in both the administration and majority leadership in Congress have continually broken the rules to get their way and abused their power. However, last night a bipartisan group of lawmakers, reflecting the wishes of a clear majority of Americans who want both strong environmental protections and an independent judicial branch, prevailed."