WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 31 – Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron issued the following statement in response to today’s Senate cloture vote on the nomination of Patricia Millett for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit:

The people who brought us the government shutdown still haven’t learned: Americans are fed up with partisan obstruction. Make no mistake: this vote wasn’t about the impeccable qualifications of Patricia Millett, nor was it about the current caseload on the D.C. Circuit. Rather, Republicans are desperate to thwart President Obama’s efforts to carry out his duty under the Constitution to fill judicial vacancies.

This unprecedented obstruction cannot stand. If an extremist minority in the Senate insists on imposing their own ideological agenda through an abuse of Senate process, then Senate rules must be changed to ensure that qualified nominees get a yes-or-no vote.

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>>Read Nan Aron’s column about today’s vote and the D.C. Circuit in The Huffington Post

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