President Obama on Monday said he was “deeply disappointed” with Republican senators who chose to filibuster the nominations of three judges to the D.C. Circuit Court.
“When it comes to judicial nominations, I am fulfilling my constitutional responsibility, but Congress is not,” Obama said in a statement. “Instead, Senate Republicans are standing in the way of a fully-functioning judiciary that serves the American people.”
Obama emphasized that Robert Wilkins, Patricia Millett and Nina Pillard were all qualified to serve on the court.
“They have broad bipartisan support, and no one has questioned their merit,”Obama said. “Yet Senate Republicans have blocked all three from receiving a yes-or-no vote. This obstruction is completely unprecedented.”
“The American people and our judicial system deserve better,” he continued. “A majority of the United States Senate supports these three extraordinary nominees, and it is time for simple yes-or-no votes without further obstruction or delay.”