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March 6, 2013 - 9:53 am

For the second time, Senate Republicans blocked the nomination of Caitlin Halligan to serve as a U.S. circuit judge for the District of Columbia, sparking an angry response from President Obama.

Halligan stalled in a 51-41 cloture vote today, with 60 votes needed to move forward.

“Make no mistake, Ms. Halligan is anything but a consensus nominee. The Senate has already considered and rejected her nomination. Nothing material has changed since that time,” Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said on the floor.

Republicans have warned Halligan would be a judicial activist on issues ranging from abortion to gun control.

“In 2003, while serving as Solicitor General of New York, Ms. Halligan approved and signed a legal brief arguing that handgun manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers should be held liable for criminal actions that individuals commit with the guns. Three years later in 2006, Ms. Halligan filed another brief arguing that handgun manufacturers were guilty of creating a public nuisance,” Lee said. “Such arguments amount to an invitation for courts to engage in sweeping judicial activism; and the positions she took are both bewildering and flatly inconsistent with the original understanding of the Second Amendment rights that all Americans enjoy.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Halligan’s record justified the “unusual step” of stalling a judicial nominee at the cloture vote.

“Whether on guns, marriage, or the legal standards applicable to alien terrorists, Ms. Halligan’s aggressive and consistent litigation agenda shows that she is not a suitable choice to serve on the critically important D.C. Circuit court,” he said.

Obama said he’s “deeply disappointed” in the GOP block.

“Nearly two and a half years after being nominated, Ms. Halligan continues to wait for a simple up-or-down vote.   In the past, filibusters of judicial nominations required ‘extraordinary circumstances,’ and a Republican Senator who was part of this agreement articulated that only an ethics or qualification issue – not ideology – would qualify. Ms. Halligan has always practiced law with the highest ethical ideals, and her qualifications are beyond question. Furthermore, her career in public service and as a law enforcement lawyer, serving the citizens of New York, is well within the mainstream,” Obama said in a statement.

“Today’s vote continues the Republican pattern of obstruction.  My judicial nominees wait more than three times as long on the Senate floor to receive a vote than my predecessor’s nominees.  The effects of this obstruction take the heaviest toll on the D.C. Circuit, considered the Nation’s second-highest court, which now has only seven active judges and four vacancies.  Until last month, for more than forty years, the court has always had at least eight active judges and as many as twelve.  A majority of the Senate agrees that Ms. Halligan is exactly the kind of person who should serve on this court, and I urge Senate Republicans to allow the Senate to express its will and to confirm Ms. Halligan without further delay.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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All of his nominees ought to wait forever. Anyone who's judicial philosophy pleases Obama, Holder, et. al. is almost certainly not fit to sit on any Federal Court.
1 year ago
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Do do do do do do do
My nominees
Do do do do do do do
My nominees...

---the Muppet president
1 year ago
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Barack, your nominations are 3 times as lengthy because you are 3 times more radical than a normal President.
Your fundamental transformation war just lost a judicial branch skirmish.
1 year ago
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No doubt where Jeff Sessions stands on her nomination...via Powerline


http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2013/03/no-doubt-where-jeff-sessions-stands-on-caitlin-halligan.php
1 year ago
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President Crybaby, I suggest you hold your breath until your face turns blue. That'll work.
1 year ago
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If you don't like your nominees to "wait," Mr. President, you might try and consider nominating people who are not radical activist nutbars.

Just a suggestion...
1 year ago
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On the same nominee, see the letter

Senate should oppose D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Caitlin Halligan
by Debra Burlingame and Tim Sumner

at

http://www.911familiesforamerica.org/
1 year ago
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