Obama withdraws judicial nomination after two GOP filibusters

The president had nominated Caitlin J. Halligan to serve on a federal appeals court in Washington

Published March 22, 2013 10:01PM (EDT)

The president has withdrawn his nomination of Caitlin J. Halligan to serve on a federal appeals court in Washington, citing two Republican filibusters of the nomination.

The New York Times reports:

The president formally notified the Senate of his decision on Friday, after Ms. Halligan requested that her name be withdrawn from consideration. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is widely viewed as the most important federal appellate court because it reviews many cases on the government’s authority.

“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,” Obama said in a statement. “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.”

By Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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