Senate Advances 3rd Contentious DC Circ. Nominee

Law360, Washington (January 9, 2014, 8:06 PM EST) -- The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to end debate on the nomination of Robert L. Wilkins for the D.C. Circuit, the last of President Barack Obama's three controversial nominees to fill vacancies on the powerful court, over the continued objections of Republican lawmakers.

Senators voted 55-38 to invoke cloture on Wilkins in their last vote of the week, voting largely along party lines — with Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, the only Republicans in support —  allowing the Senate to move forward with a...
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