This morning at 11:00, the Senate will debate President Obama’s nomination of Caitlin Halligan to the D.C. Circuit. A cloture vote is scheduled for noon. It will take three-fifths of the full Senate to break a conservative filibuster on the nomination. In reporting Halligan’s nomination to the full Senate, the Judiciary Committee divided 10-8 on party lines.
In the weeks since rumors circulated that Senator Reid would push for a vote, Halligan’s proponents and opponents have voiced their opinions on the nomination. Here’s a sample:
- Sen. Leahy, Halligan A Superbly Qualified Nominee Worthy Of Bipartisan Senate Support (Dec. 5, 2011) (“With an impressive record in private practice and public service, she is widely respected for the quality of her work as an advocate.”).
- Ian Millhiser, Will The Senate GOP Continue Its War On Excellence Tomorrow?, Think Progress (Dec. 5, 2011) (“There is no argument against confirming Caitlin Halligan — beyond a purely partisan desire to keep excellent Obama-nominated judges off the courts entirely, that is.”).
- Media Matters, Myths And Falsehoods About Judicial Nominee Caitlin Halligan (Dec. 2, 2011) (“Twenty-three people who served as Supreme Court clerks at the same time as Halligan wrote a letter in support of her nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.”).
- Washington Post Editorial Board, Senate should confirm Caitlin Halligan to the D.C. Circuit Court (Nov. 22, 2011) (“The [New York Bar Association] report episode is odd but should not disqualify Ms. Halligan, given the mountain of evidence that she is a smart and well-qualified candidate.”).
- Carl Tobias, The Urgent Need to Fill The Current D.C. Circuit Vacancies (Nov. 14, 2011) (“The quantity, complexity and importance of the D.C. Circuit’s appeals mean that the court requires all eleven judgeships to be filled.”).
- Family Research Council, Caitlin Halligan: D.C. Circuit Breaker (Dec. 6, 2011) (“Like so many others, Halligan is an attractive candidate to the Left because she brings to the table an extensive resume of radicalism.”).
- Ed Whelan, Cloture Vote on Halligan Nomination, National Review Online (Dec. 2, 2011) (inventory of nine posts)
- Jack Park, Caitlin Halligan Need Not Apply, American Spectator (Nov. 16, 2011) (“Halligan supported New York’s efforts to hold the manufacturers of handguns liable for criminal acts committed with handguns.”).
- Republican National Lawyers Association, Halligan Not a Good Choice for D.C. Circuit (Nov. 2, 2011) (“Lack of candor, contradictory remarks and the lack of a need for another judge on the D.C. Circuit are reasons the RNLA is opposing the nomination of Caitlin Halligan.”).
- Judiciary Committee Hearing Transcript
- Robyn Hagan Cain, Top Five Things to Know About Judicial Nominee Caitlin Halligan, The FindLaw D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals News and Information Blog (Nov. 18, 2011) (“Halligan has endured the second-longest nomination term among the current nominees for federal Circuit Court of Appeals seats.”).