Obama Withdraws Nomination Of Caitlin Halligan To D.C. Circuit Court

The White House formally withdrew its nominee, Caitlin Halligan, to fill one of four vacancies on the powerful D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals — a hotbed for future Supreme Court justices. She has been blocked by Republican filibusters for years.

After sending his withdrawal to the Senate, President Obama issued a statement railing against GOP filibusters.

Today, I accepted Caitlin Halligan’s request to withdraw as a nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.  I am deeply disappointed that even after nearly two and a half years, a minority of Senators continued to block a simple up-or-down vote on her nomination.  This unjustified filibuster obstructed the majority of Senators from expressing their support.  I am confident that with Caitlin’s impressive qualifications and reputation, she would have served with distinction.

The D.C. Circuit is considered the Nation’s second-highest court, but it now has more vacancies than any other circuit court.  This is unacceptable.  I remain committed to filling these vacancies, to ensure equal and timely access to justice for all Americans.

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