Senate Agrees to Filibuster Compromise

5-24-05 - CAPITOL HILL (AP) The White House says a compromise reached by moderate senators is a positive development. Spokesman Scott McClellan says the administration "will continue working to push for up or down votes for all the nominees."

The agreement clears the way for yes-or-no votes on some of President Bush's nominees, but makes no guarantees.

Under the agreement, Democrats would pledge not to filibuster any of Bush's future appeals court or Supreme Court nominees except in "extraordinary circumstances."

For their part, Republicans agreed not to support an attempt to strip Democrats of their right to block votes.

A confirmation vote could come as early as Tuesday for Priscilla Owen, one of three nominees who will be allowed votes.