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Friday, April 12, 2013
Sen. Charles Schumer on the second most important court in America
As we've noted in the two previous posts to this blog, right now more than one-third of the seats on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit – four out of 11 - are vacant. Last month, a Republican filibuster prevented a highly-qualified nominee, Caitlin Halligan, from filling one of those seats.
Earlier this week, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on another nominee, Sri Srinivasan. But even if Srinivasan ultimately is confirmed, that still leaves three vacancies on what has been called the second most important court in America.
In this excerpt from a speech in Brooklyn on March 10, Sen. Charles Schumer (D – N.Y.) talks about why this court is so important – and about the need for Senate rules reform if Republicans continue to use the filibuster to block D.C. Circuit nominees: