Scott Wong, of Politico reports:
On a mostly party-line 54-45 vote, the Senate fell six votes shy of the 60 needed to move Halligan’s nomination to the District of Columbia Circuit Court past a key procedural hurdle. Only one Republican, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, joined Democrats in voting to the nomination forward. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, voted present.
The President appears to be standing by his nomination:
In a sharply worded statement after the vote, the president said he was “deeply disappointed” that Halligan’s nomination had fallen “victim to the Republican pattern of obstructionism that puts party ahead of country.”
And pointing out that Senate Republicans are “blocking 20 other highly qualified judicial nominees, half of whom I have nominated to fill vacancies deemed ‘judicial emergencies’ by the Administrative Office of the Courts,” Obama said: “The American people deserve a fair and functioning judiciary. So, I urge Senate Republicans to end this pattern of partisan obstructionism and confirm Ms. Halligan and the other judges they have blocked for purely partisan reasons.”