Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On the Withdrawal of the Nomination Of Caitlin Halligan to the D.C. Circuit

[Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) issued the following comment Friday after the nomination of Caitlin Halligan to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals was withdrawn. Halligan was first nominated in September 2010 to fill a vacancy left open since 2005. She was nominated a total of five times.]

“Caitlin Halligan is a woman who is extraordinarily well-qualified and amongst the most qualified judicial nominees I have seen from any administration.  It is a shame that narrow, special interests hold such influence that Senate Republicans for two years blocked an up-or-down vote on her confirmation.  Had she received an up-or-down vote, I am certain she would have been confirmed and been an outstanding judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.”       

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