12.02.11

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Cloture Motion On The Nomination Of Caitlin Halligan To Serve On The U.S. Court Of Appeals For The District Of Columbia

Majority Leader Reid Thursday night filed cloture on the nomination of Caitlin Halligan to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.  The Senate will vote at approximately noon on Tuesday on the motion to invoke cloture.

“Caitlin Halligan is a widely respected attorney with an impressive background and long record of public service.  Her nomination to fill one of three vacant seats on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has received support from across the political spectrum.  I am disappointed that cloture is required to move forward with debate on her nomination. 

“Republicans’ shifting standards with respect to judicial nominations have required cloture motions to be filed on some nominations that ultimately won unanimous support from the Senate.  Those shifting standards even required cloture to be filed on a district court nomination earlier this year.  It would set yet another new standard if a nominee this well-qualified is prevented from even having an up-or-down vote, and one that could not be met by judicial nominees of Presidents of either party.

“I look forward to the debate on this nomination.  I believe that a majority of Senators will find her to be a well qualified nominee, worthy of the praise and support she has received from law enforcement, her peers, and other civil servants.”


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