12.06.11

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Vote On The Motion To Invoke Cloture On The Nomination Of Caitlin Halligan To The D.C. Circuit Court Of Appeals

“Caitlin Halligan is, by all accounts, a qualified, mainstream, and respected nominee.  Senate Republicans’ shifting standards on judicial nominations have resulted in cloture motions filed on the most consensus of nominations, and even a district court nomination earlier this year.  The new standard applied by Senate Republicans to nominations to the D.C. Circuit will make it nearly impossible for nominees of any President to be confirmed to this important court.

“Ms. Halligan is the kind of nominee we should all welcome to public service.  This filibuster is a disservice to the federal judiciary, and to the millions of Americans it serves.”

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