Senate Rejects Controversial Obama Pick for Top Appeals Court

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Senators voted against ending debate on one of President Barack Obama’s controversial judicial nominees Thursday.

Obama nominated Supreme Court heavyweight litigator Patricia Millett to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, regarded as the most powerful and prestigious of the nation’s thirteen federal appellate courts.

Senate Major Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) filed a motion to invoke cloture on Millet’s nomination to proceed to a final vote. The Senate voted 55-38 for cloture, but a motion to proceed takes 60 votes out of 100 senators to end debate and continue to the final vote, where 51 votes is sufficient to pass.

It was largely a party-line vote. Three Republican senators voted present: Orrin Hatch (UT), Saxby Chambliss (GA), and Johnny Isakson (GA). Several Democratic senators were absent, leaving the remainder unable to reach 60 votes.



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