Senate Republicans block floor vote for key Obama judicial nominee
March 6th, 2013
11:33 AM ET
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Senate Republicans block floor vote for key Obama judicial nominee

Washington (CNN) - Caitlin Halligan, a top judicial nominee of President Obama, was denied a final confirmation vote on the Senate floor Wednesday, after Republicans expressed concern she would be an "activist" on the bench.

Now general counsel for Manhattan's district attorney's office, she is one of two nominees named in January by Obama to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, seen by many as a professional stepping stone to the Supreme Court. She would fill the seat vacated by John Roberts, who joined the high court in 2005 and is now chief justice.

A 51-41 cloture vote failed to achieve the necessary 60 senators to end debate on Halligan's qualifications, with Democrats complaining she was being unfairly filibustered. Her third nomination to this judicial seat remains in political limbo.


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  1. Pander Bear

    The GOP doesn't like "Activist" judges unless their names are Scalia, Alito, Thomas, Kennedy and occasionally Roberts when he's not upholding Obamacare.

    March 6, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  2. PJ

    @AmericaStand:
    Bush didn't put the cost of his two wars in his budget. He used "supplemental" to hide the costs.
    Obama did put the cost of the wars in his budget.
    That's the difference in being sneaky or being honest.
    Honesty: Another word not in the Repub/Tea vocabulary.

    March 6, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. Pete

    First what Pres.Obama should do is do what Roosevelt did after the SCOTUS blocked his jobs bills put before them..He nominated two more democratic judges to the bench of 7 and after 2 republicans bached and quit Roosevelt put 2 more democrates in ..That's how the SCOTUS has 9 judicial seats because under Pres. Roosevelt trying to fix Hoovers Great Depression he had to do what was necessary to get our country on track with a national jobs bill and taking him 12 years..Now republicans if you'd quit screwing up this country maybe our presidents can do something constructive besides fixing your partys screwups,right!!

    March 6, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Just another good reason to vote against the gop obstructionest in the 2014 mid terms, how much proof do you need that these gop losers are holding back our economic and everything else ,they have to go !!!!!

    March 6, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. Wake up People!

    Ok I think I'm finally getting the picture...... President Obama, being the lazy, unqualified, incompetent, affirmative action POTUS should not be allowed to make the decisions every other POTUS before him did, he needs the intelligent, well read competent GOP to do it for him???

    It's going to be a long 4 years.........

    March 6, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. rs

    What a shock! Republicans obstructing!
    I think Republicans need to admit they have a problem with "progress". They like the bog of chaos and backsliding too much.

    March 6, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. marcindc

    Great job Republicans!!...Keep obstructing the community organizers government of the lies, by the lies, and for the lies of the Democratic Party. The current Liberal Democratic government only represents themselves and their narrow liberal interests at the expense of the nation as a whole. We need to make it difficult for them until we can take our country back from these elitiest socialists who govern by talking points and their firm belief in their own greatness that they can manage our freedoms and lives better than we can ourselves. My freedoms are not negotiable with the community organizer or anyone else, and we are not asking for their permission for what the Constitution guarantees us. Continue the obstruction while the rest of us continue our passive resistance by reducing spending for products and services and doing what you can legally to undermine these socialist liars. The louder the liberal progressives and the community organizer’s supporters squeal shows how effective you are in representing the people who actually work, pay the majority of taxes and believe in an America envisioned by the founding fathers and not one in the vision of a self proclaimed and press built diety from a corrupt Chicago political machine.

    March 6, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. Richard Miller

    And you don't think that the last several repuglican appointees were nothing other than the same type of judges that you are against. Does Citizens United ring a bell? You Repuglicans need to go the way of all the rest of the oil producing dinosaurs.

    March 6, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  9. Lynn

    Being from NYS, I am thankful she was not nominated. She is a Gov. Cuomo lackey and sniff his skirt. Thank you for not nominating her.

    March 6, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. Alesia

    This is disgusting. Our country has become a neverending circle of dysfunction and chaos. Elected "leaders" (using the term loosely) are behaving worse than elementary children fighting over playground equipment. It's amazing and frightening that the group of people are running the house and have the greatest influence over decisions being made have yet to have that ever-important light bulb moment. WHO IS THE REAL LEADER OF THE GOP THAT KEEPS SAYING, "YEAH, LET'S VOTE NO. THAT'S A GREAT IDEA."?

    March 6, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
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