Frist can Discipline Specter

Should incoming Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter fail to live up to the agreement he was forced to sign yesterday, Major Leader Bill Frist has has been granted new powers involving committee assignments. He will be able to fill all vacancies on one of the dozen "A" committees, with the other half being distributed on the traditional basis of seniority.

The rule change was passed with the strong backing of the new freshman class of GOP Senators, the ones with the most to gain by bypassing the seniority system.



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