Republicans filibuster D.C. circuit court nominee Halligan ’88
The Republicans who blocked the vote on Halligan’s nomination cited concerns that Obama’s nominations were a form of judicial activism.
“As we all know, judges who sit on the D.C. Circuit are frequently considered for the Supreme Court,” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told The Washington Post. “This is a court where we can least afford to confirm an activist judge.”
Halligan, who served as New York State’s solicitor general from 2001 to 2007, is the second well-known appellate court nominee to be filibustered by Republicans in recent years. Obama nominee Goodwin Liu withdrew his name from consideration for a seat on the bench of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 2011 after facing a prolonged Republican filibuster.
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