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Urge Cornyn & Cruz to Support D.C. Circuit Nominee Caitlin Halligan

We need you to take action and support the nomination of very qualified judge - Caitlin Halligan - to the D.C. Circuit Court. Find out how below.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is considered the second most important court in the land, after the Supreme Court. The D.C. Circuit has sole responsibility for deciding cases having to do with the balance of powers of the branches of government and decisions made by government agencies affecting issues like health care, national security, environmental rules, and consumer protections and workplace safety. More U.S. Supreme Court justices have come from the D.C. Circuit than any other circuit court, including four current Justices.

D.C. Court Court nominee Caitlin Halligan should receive a crucial cloture vote as early as Tuesday March 5, but today in a Roll Call story, Senator Chuck Grassley indicated that Senate Republicans plan to block her confirmation - again. Halligan was originally nominated in 2010, then renominated in 2011, 2012 and again in 2013. She was recently approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 14, 2013 on a straight party-line vote - which means Texas Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz each voted against her. 
 
There is no reason to keep these judicial seats vacant for 3 years - especially for such a highly qualified nominee.
 
Can a Qualified Judge Overcome Severe Diversity Gap in Courts?
 
Halligan was first nominated in 2010 and brings a wealth of experience to a court that is facing a troubling number of vacancies. She has devoted her career to public service, currently serving as General Counsel of the Manhattan District Attorney. Halligan would be only the sixth woman to serve on the D.C. Circuit in 119 years. The court impacts ALL Americans because it hears cases on the balance of powers of the branches of government, as well as decisions made by government agencies affecting issues like health care, national security, environmental rules, consumer protections, and workplace safety.

Today, four of the D.C. Circuit court’s eleven seats remain vacant; the seat for which Halligan has been nominated to fill has been empty since 2005. These vacancies have a crippling effect on the court’s ability to decide on critically key cases that impact the lives of Americans across the country.

It is important we get this amazingly qualified judge on the bench. Her perspective will be invaluable to the future of our country. 

We need you to call Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, who voted against Halligan in the Senate Judiciary Committee, and tell them both:

"Do not filibuster Caitlin Halligan. We all need her on the D.C. Courts and we need more qualified judges like her in Texas and the rest of the country."

You can call our Senators' offices at the numbers below:

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Why the D.C. Circuit Court Matters to Texans

Regardless of where you live or the issues you care about, the D.C. Circuit makes decisions on issues that matter to you. Consider some of the issues the D.C. Circuit has decided in recent years:

  • Environmental Protection: In 2012, the court struck down the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Transport Rule” intended to control air pollution that crosses state lines.
     
  • Labor Disputes and Consumer ProtectionsIn 2013, invalidated the President’s three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board and an appointment to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau essentially making the NLRB non-functional and potentially nullifying over 200 labor and employment decisions.
     
  • Wall Street ReformIn 2011, the court struck down the Securities and Exchange Commission’s proxy access rule which would have made it easier for shareholders to propose their own nominees to the corporate board of directors.
     
  • Health Protections and Deceptive AdvertisingIn 2012, the court struck down an FDA cigarette warning label law, citing the first amendment rights of cigarette companies.
     
  • National SecuritySince 2008, the circuit court has blatantly disregarded a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the right to habeas corpus rights for Guantanamo Bay detainees and ignored the requirement that the circuit conduct a robust review of prisoners’ detainment.

We need you to call Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, who voted against Halligan in the Senate Judiciary Committee, and tell them both:

"Do not filibuster Caitlin Halligan. We all need her on the D.C. Courts and we need more qualified judges like her in Texas and the rest of the country."

You can call our Senators' offices at the numbers below: