Senate Republicans Block DC Circ. Nominee Halligan

Law360, New York (December 06, 2011, 4:25 PM ET) -- U.S. Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked President Barack Obama's nomination of former Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP lawyer Caitlin Halligan to a seat on the D.C. Circuit, the second federal appeals court nominee they've stonewalled this year.

A vote to close debate on Halligan's nomination passed by only a 54-45 vote, falling short of the 60 votes needed to break a Republican filibuster. The vote went right down party lines — Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, was the only Republican who voted yes.

In a statement issued...
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