WASHINGTON, D.C., November 18, 2013 – Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron issued the following statement in response to the cloture vote on the nomination of Robert Wilkins to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit:

 For the third time in as many weeks, the extremist minority in the Senate has filibustered a supremely-qualified nominee for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

By blocking Patricia Millett, Nina Pillard and now, Robert Wilkins, this minority has shown contempt for the Senate, contempt for democracy and contempt for the American people.  They have abused and exploited the rules of the Senate for nakedly political purposes, leaving senators of conscience no choice but to change the rules in order to restore faith in the democratic process and end the crisis in our courts.

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