There are four vacancies on the D.C. Circuit court. The nomination of Sri Srinivasan, Obama’s deputy solicitor general, has not yet gotten a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee. In his first term, Obama did not get a single nominee onto the court. Overall, eighteen of Obama’s judicial nominees are currently awaiting confirmation. [Washington Post]
NRA AND GUN NUTS were savagely against Caitlin Halligan’s nomination, because of her work on gun manufacturer lawsuits. While Republicans also opposed her work regarding undocumented workers. All added up to “judicial activism” and a Republican “filibuster.”
This has been going on for two years with the Halligan nomination.
President Obama’s emailed statement yesterday on New York state solicitor general Caitlin Halligan withdrawing her nomination is below. There were 51 senators who supported Halligan, a majority, but Democratic failure to push filibuster reform, which lands on Senator Harry Reid’s desk, helped take her out.
Statement by the President on the Withdrawal of the Nomination of Caitlin Halligan
Today, I accepted Caitlin Halligan’s request to withdraw as a nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. I am deeply disappointed that even after nearly two and a half years, a minority of Senators continued to block a simple up-or-down vote on her nomination. This unjustified filibuster obstructed the majority of Senators from expressing their support. I am confident that with Caitlin’s impressive qualifications and reputation, she would have served with distinction.
The D.C. Circuit is considered the Nation’s second-highest court, but it now has more vacancies than any other circuit court. This is unacceptable. I remain committed to filling these vacancies, to ensure equal and timely access to justice for all Americans.
FURTHER READING: Huffington Post has a devastating piece on what the collapse of the Senate has meant for others, specifically the NLRB and those impacted.