Battle Lines Drawn for Cloture Vote on Caitlin Halligan’s Nomination

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:



  • 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.”).

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