Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On the Nomination Of Patricia Millett, Nina Pillard, and Judge Robert Wilkins to the D.C. Circuit

[Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) issued the following comment after attending the Rose Garden event Tuesday, during which President Barack Obama nominated Patricia Millett, Nina Pillard, and Judge Robert Wilkins to fill the three vacancies on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.  Leahy also made a floor statement Monday about the process for considering the nomination of Sri Srinivasan, who was recently confirmed to fill a vacancy left open since 2005. Srinivasan was confirmed almost one year after he was first nominated.]

“After the unjustified and partisan filibuster of Caitlin Halligan, I welcomed the Senate’s unanimous confirmation of Sri Srinivasan to the D.C. Circuit two weeks ago.  However, the three remaining vacancies in the D.C. Circuit must be filled so that the bench has a full complement of judges.  The D.C. Circuit decides some of the most important cases in our nation, with significant impact on the lives of all Americans.

“I applaud the president for nominating three impressive individuals for the vacancies on the D.C. Circuit, and I look forward to considering their nominations in the Judiciary Committee as soon as possible.”


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