Now we find out if Senate rules reform is for realSenate Majority Leader Harry Reid tonight filed a motion for cloture on the nomination of Caitlin Halligan for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. A vote is expected Wednesday morning.
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And here's AFJ President Nan Aron's statement:
This week, we find out if the agreement reached at the start of the current session to reform Senate rules has any real meaning.
Without question, Caitlin Halligan is extraordinarily well qualified for a seat on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Her nomination has strong bipartisan support.
The fact that a minority of senators could stop a highly-qualified nominee like Caitlin Halligan in 2011 is a classic example of the misuse of the filibuster for partisan gain that has characterized the current Senate minority. President Obama has renominated Halligan, but Republicans are threatening a filibuster once again.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has filed a motion for cloture. If the motion fails and Republicans succeed in filibustering Halligan for the second time in as many years, it will make clear that the recent agreement to “reform” Senate rules really was no agreement at all, but rather a blank check for continued obstruction.
We urge senators finally to put partisanship and obstruction aside and vote for cloture.
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