On Wednesday May 21, 2014, Senator Rand Paul took to the Senate floor to oppose the nomination of David Barron for the First Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals.
Barron is known for his legal justification of the systematic assassination of American citizens overseas. Paul raised serious concerns about the slippery slope in allowing such a policy to go forward, and to allow those who justify said policy to be on such a high position in the courts.
Unlike Paul’s first filibuster in 2013, such an act is unlikely to occur once again on the Senate floor, as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid changed the rules on the nomination process, effectively eliminating all power from the minority party in the Senate.
Some have suggested that the move by Reid may just give Republicans the edge to win the Senate in November later this year.
Barron has now cleared a procedural hurdle in the nomination process. A vote is expected to take place on Thursday 5/22.
Paul’s speech lasted for 31 minutes. Watch it below.