Today, Senate Republicans blocked an up-or-down vote on the nomination of Patricia Ann Millett to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. It was the second time Republicans have filibustered one of President Obama’s nominees to the court, where three of eleven seats remain vacant.
The D.C. Circuit is second only to the United States Supreme Court in its environmental importance, often determining whether Americans across the country have clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and a healthy environment to leave for their children.
The following is a statement from Earthjustice Legislative Counsel Sean Helle:
“With this afternoon’s vote, Senate Republicans have again betrayed a reckless commitment to partisanship and obstruction. The D.C. Circuit is widely regarded as our nation’s second-highest court, and its cases are widely recognized as some of the most complex. During the previous administration, Senate Republicans recognized the importance of filling the court’s ninth, tenth, and eleventh seats—and voted unanimously in support of doing so. Now, they’re feigning ignorance—arguing that eight of eleven is good enough. It’s time for the act to end. Each of the President’s three D.C. Circuit nominees must be given a prompt, up-or-down vote.”