Republican Senators Block Washington D.C. Court of Appeals Nominee Caitlin Halligan

by Colonel on March 7, 2013

Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked the nomination of Caitlin Halligan for the second time for a spot on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Halligan, who is currently the general counsel for the Manhattan district attorney’s office, was nominated by President Barack Obama.

Obama still has not secured Senate approval for a single nomination to the D.C. Circuit. The court has four vacancies on its 11-member panel.

In a statement, Obama said he was “deeply disappointed” in the vote.

Halligan could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Senate voted 51-41 to end debate on Wednesday and proceed to a floor vote on the nomination, short of the 60-vote supermajority required to overcome a filibuster. Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski was the lone Republican to support Halligan.

” — Joseph Ax, Copyright 2013 Thomson Reuters

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