Senate GOP Blocks Another Obama Appointment
Republicans derail pick for DC court of appeals
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 12, 2013 6:30 PM CST
A file photo of Cornelia Pillard, President Obama's nominee to District of Columbia Circuit Court.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – Senate Republicans blocked another of President Obama's picks for one of the nation's top courts today, the latest skirmish in a nominations battle that has intensified partisan tensions in the chamber. The vote derailed Obama's selection of Georgetown University law professor Cornelia Pillard to fill one of three vacancies on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The roll call was 56-41 in favor of ending procedural delays that have blocked Pillard from winning confirmation—four short of the 60 votes Democrats needed.

The DC circuit court is considered one of the nation's most powerful because it rules on administration orders and because some of its judges ultimately become Supreme Court justices. The eight current judges are divided evenly between Democratic and Republican nominees. Today's vote prompted Democrats to threaten anew to rewrite Senate rules to make it harder for the chamber's minority party to block nominations. Republicans say the DC circuit has a lighter caseload than other districts, and have proposed legislation eliminating one of its vacant judgeships and moving the two others to busier circuits.

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CitizenSoldier
Nov 14, 2013 1:52 AM CST
As another post 1998 case, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in December 2012, struck down the State of Illinois' ban on carrying concealed handguns as unconstitutional because it violates the Second Amendment. And the State of Illinois has decided not to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court in light of the Heller and McDonald cases. The Illinois Legislature has since been debating legislation to allow concealed handgun carry in Illinois to comply with the Second Amendment. There are a lot of other lower court decisions during the past decade that have been declaring gun bans and restrictive gun laws down as unconstitutional. The most important of these were the Supreme Court decisions in both Heller and McDonald cases. Both within the past 6 or 7 years. The poster who asked me to get my facts straight need not apologize for his ignorance of the facts. I simply recommend that he stop listening to left wing talk radio and actually research his facts. I also ask him, before he posts again, to remember the sage words of, I believe, Mark Twain,ho said "It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth [or use your keyboard] and remove all doubt!"
Leo August
Nov 13, 2013 9:51 AM CST
Whiny republicans need to go. We need people with integrity and backbone in Congress, not cry babies who react out of spite because they didn't get their way on other issues.
odowd80
Nov 13, 2013 9:14 AM CST
Pull the trigger, Harry. Republicans are abusing their power. Its time to take some away.