WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 12: Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron issued the following statement in response to today’s Senate cloture vote on the nomination of Cornelia Pillard for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit:

Nina Pillard is an outstanding nominee with stellar credentials. Senate Republicans know that. But once again they have shown their contempt for the American people. They have again abused Senate rules to prevent President Obama from carrying out his duty under the Constitution to fill judicial vacancies.

With an extremist minority in the Senate bent on imposing its own political agenda through an abuse of Senate process, the majority must reform Senate rules if that’s what it takes for qualified nominees to get a yes-or-no vote.

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Nov. 12, 2013