WASHINGTON, June 25, 2003 ( – The Republican majority in the U.S. Senate Rules and Administration Committee has passed a measure to move towards overriding prolonged Democratic filibustering of President Bush’s judicial nominations.  Under the measure, which now moves to the Senate floor where it faces a slim chance of passing, the majority required to approve a judicial nominee would decline in successive roll calls. Usually, a majority of 60 is required. But if Democratic filibustering persists, the required number would drop first from 60 to 57, then down to 54 and eventually to a simple majority of 51, as long as required for the elected Republican majority to prevail.  For Washington Post coverage: