Washington, D.C. — Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement after Republicans blocked the nomination of Caitlin Joan Halligan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit:
“Senate Republicans today sent the sad message that political gamesmanship is more important than a judicial nominee’s qualifications. Caitlin Joan Halligan is a qualified candidate with bipartisan support from colleagues who call her a brilliant legal mind.
“I am concerned that today the Senate is backing away from the 2005 agreement that the minority would only block judicial nominees in extraordinary circumstances. Since Ms. Halligan’s nomination clearly does not meet that standard, Republicans today lowered the bar for filibustering judicial nominees.
“I am disappointed that Republicans blocked a talented, experienced nominee for no other reason than to please a few ideological extremists. If this truly exceptional candidate isn’t qualified to be a judge in the United States of America, it is hard to imagine who Republicans would find acceptable.”