Senate Republicans block key Obama court nominee

Posted by admin | Posted in Politics | Posted on 31-10-2013-05-2008

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit in WashingtonBy Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked President Barack Obama's nominee to a key federal appeals court, charging that he was trying to "pack the court" to win favorable rulings. On a nearly party-line vote of 55-38, five short of the needed 60, Obama's Democrats failed to end a Republican procedural roadblock against Patricia Millett, a Harvard-trained lawyer who worked for both Democratic President Bill Clinton and Republican President George W. Bush. Republicans hailed the vote as a victory in their bid to stop Obama from turning the court into a rubber stamp for his administration. Obama picked Millett for the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which is considered the country's second most important court, behind only the U.S. Supreme Court.

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