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The decisions made by our federal judiciary affect most aspects of our lives. That's why it's so important to make sure that the vacancies in our federal courts system are filled. The D.C. Circuit Court is a vital part of the federal courts since it has broad power to review federal regulations and is considered second only to the Supreme Court in terms of its stature. Three of its 11 seats are vacant and that causes delays in the judicial process.
President Obama has made nominations to fill those vacancies. Today, the Senate is expected to vote on cloture to move forward the nomination of Nina Pillard to the D.C. Circuit Court.
Cloture is a procedural vote that is needed to allow the full Senate to vote on Pillard’s nomination. Both Senator Susan Collins and Senator Angus King voted in support of cloture for another recent nomination, that of Patricia Millett. They should do the same for Nina Pillard.
Pillard is extremely qualified to serve on the D.C. Circuit Court. To learn more about her experience, read this op-ed by our Executive Director Eliza Townsend in the Bangor Daily News. The full Senate should have the opportunity to consider and vote on her qualifications.
It is the constitutional duty of the President to make nominations to fill judicial vacancies. It is the job of the Senate to decide on those nominations. Senators Collins and King did the right thing when they voted for cloture on the nomination of Patricia Millet. Ask them to do that again by voting in support of cloture for Nina Pillard’s nomination.