NCJW Deplores Senate Refusal to Allow Up-or-Down Vote on Halligan Nomination

December 6, 2011, Washington, DC — The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today deplored the Senate’s failure to permit a vote on the confirmation of Caitlin Halligan to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. NCJW President Linda Slucker and NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:

“NCJW is deeply disappointed that, yet again, a minority in the Senate has blocked the confirmation vote on a highly qualified judicial nominee. Caitlin Halligan, a nominee to the DC Circuit Court, has sterling credentials and bipartisan support from prestigious members of the legal community. A majority of senators, 54, voted to allow Ms. Halligan an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor today; however, 60 votes were required to end the filibuster designed to obstruct progress on her nomination.

“This shameful obstruction not only deprives the DC Circuit of a highly experienced, brilliant jurist, it is also a loss of much-needed diversity. Caitlin Halligan would have been only the sixth woman to serve on this court in its history.

“NCJW continues to be alarmed by the failure of the Senate to act in a timely fashion to fill judicial vacancies. The judicial emergencies mounting across the country make real the warning that ‘justice delayed is justice denied.’ This is true of the DC Circuit where there are now three vacancies. We will redouble our efforts to see to it that judicial nominees who, like Caitlin Halligan, are committed to constitutional values are confirmed to the federal bench.”

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Through BenchMark: NCJW’s Judicial Nominations Campaign, NCJW has delivered the voice of progressive Jewish women and our allies to promote a federal bench with judges committed to upholding constitutional rights.

Contact: Emily Alfano 
202 296 2588 × 5; emily@ncjwdc.org


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