Another Week, Another GOP Filibuster of Qualified Judicial Nominee

Fix the Senate Now: “Those intent on preserving the norms and traditions of the U.S. Senate should embrace this rules reform effort…”


Washington, DC – Today, Robert Wilkins became the latest qualified nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals to the D.C. Circuit to be filibustered by Senate Republicans.  Despite receiving support from a majority of Senators, including Republican Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)], the filibuster blocks Wilkins’ nomination from moving forward to an up-or-down vote.

The following is a statement from Fix the Senate Now:

“Another week and another Senate Republican filibuster of a qualified nominee to the D.C. Circuit.

“As was the case for Nina Pillard and Patricia Millett, today’s vote blocking the advancement of Robert Wilkins was not about the merits of the nominee.  Instead, it is another transparent reminder of Senate Republicans’ strategy to deny President Obama his constitutional authority to fill three outstanding judicial vacancies. As former Republican Senator Olympia Snowe said to POLITICO, ‘When you have these back-to-back rejections of nominees, at some point it may be trying to reverse the results of the election.’

“If Senate Republicans continue to block an up-or-down vote for qualified nominees, the Senate Democratic caucus must embrace Senate rules reform.

“Those intent on preserving the norms and traditions of the U.S. Senate should embrace this reform effort – it is the Republicans’ filibuster en masse and without regard to the individual merits of nominees that already represents a radical departure from Senate history.” 

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