Tuesday, June 4, 2013
President Obama made good today on his earlier plan to simultaneously nominate three people to the D.C. Circuit. The nominations are designed to fill the three vacancies on the court and to force Republicans' hand on judicial nominations. The White House promises an aggressive push to get the three confirmed. The tactic is designed to put a finer public point on Republican foot-dragging on judicial nominations, should the party decide to hold up these three nominees. Roll Call reports here.
The three are: Patricia Ann Millett; Cornelia T.L. Pillard; and Robert Leon Wilkins.
Meanwhile, the Republican line is that the D.C. Circuit is underworked--and that it doesn't need to fill the three vacant seats. Thus Senator Grassley introduced S. 699, which would eliminate the three vacant seats from the D.C. Circuit and reallocate two of them--one to the Second Circuit, and one to the Eleventh Circuit.