Federal Courts and Nominations

Halligan Filibuster: “A breathtaking example of partisan dysfunction”

Washington, DC – After Senate Republicans filibustered – for the second time – the nomination of Caitlin Halligan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Constitutional Accountability Center Vice President Judith E. Schaeffer issued the following statement:


“Today’s vote is a breathtaking example of the partisan dysfunction that is crippling Washington, DC. This Senate Republican filibuster leaves the second most important court in our Nation with nearly 40% of its judicial seats vacant, impairing justice and putting an enormous toll on the judiciary as well as on the lives of extraordinarily well-qualified nominees such as Caitlin Halligan. A minority in the Senate turned away a nominee who Americans are lucky to have willing to serve their country, which can only discourage other highly qualified candidates from stepping forward in the future.”






CAC materials on the nomination of Caitlin Halligan, including endorsement letters sent to the Senate and responses to Republican arguments against her nomination: 






Constitutional Accountability Center (www.theusconstitution.org) is a think tank, public interest law firm, and action center dedicated to fulfilling the progressive promise of the Constitution’s text and history.