Rules to 'Fill up The DC Circuit'
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) said Democrats will "fill up the DC circuit one way or another," even it means changing the rules in the Senate to get nominees confirmed.
At a Mar. 10 dinner event, the New York senator criticized the GOP for rejecting President Barack Obama's nomination for judge in the 10th circuit, which currently has four vacancies.
"They just rejected on specious grounds a fine New Yorker named Caitlin Halligan for the second time," said Schumer. "Our strategy will be to nominate four more people for each of those vacancies [on the 10th Circuit Court]. And if they filibuster all of them, it will give those of us that want to change the rules and not allow 60 votes to dominate the Senate but require a talking-filibuster to prevail. So we will fill up the DC circuit one way or another."
Earlier this month, President's Obama's nomination of Caitlin Halligan to the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit failed to garner the 60 votes needed to overcome opposition and get a vote.
In January of this year, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) made a move to do away with the requirement of 60 votes to overcome minority opposition and force a talking-filibuster. The move would have required senators to hold the floor and debate in order to prevent votes on matters they oppose. However, the maneuver to force a talking-filibuster was removed in the filibuster reform deal between crafted by Reid and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
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Editor's Note: Chuckie's view on this is that every President should be given every appointee that they submit...But there is that pesky "advise and consent" thingy in the Constitution, and for good reason, it is a check and a balance to the whim of activists and ideologues. To wit, Ms. Halligan, a former New York solicitor general, has a disturbing track record on gun control, abortion and immigration issues. She has devoted her public career to advancing the legal theory that gun manufacturers should be held legally responsible for criminal acts committed with the guns they produce. Read more in this Washington Times editorial.
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