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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Welcomes President Obama’s Judicial Nominations to D.C. Circuit Court

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Civil and human rights advocates applauded President Obama’s announcement from the Rose Garden this morning that he has nominated Cornelia “Nina” Pillard, Patricia Millett, and Robert Wilkins to fill longstanding vacancies on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Civil and human rights advocates applauded President Obama’s announcement from the Rose Garden this … Read More

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Lawsuit Challenges Constitutionality of Senate Filibuster Rule

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Common Cause, a government watchdog group, filed a lawsuit yesterday with the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., challenging the use of the filibuster in the Senate as unconstitutional. The filibuster is a Senate rule that allows a single senator to extend debate indefinitely on a bill or nomination. The only way to overcome a … Read More

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President Obama Asks Senate for ‘Up or Down Vote’ on Judges and Other Nominees

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

In his State of the Union speech last night, President Obama called on the Senate to end the partisan gridlock that is blocking or delaying the confirmation of qualified judges and other executive branch appointments. “Some of what’s broken [in Washington] has to do with the way Congress does its business these days.  A simple … Read More

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Senate Obstructionists Block Obama Nominees for Financial Protection Agency, DC Circuit Court

Friday, December 9, 2011

The U.S. Senate this week failed to move forward on votes to confirm two high-profile Obama administration appointees. The nominations of both Caitlin Halligan to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and Richard Cordray to be the first director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) failed to … Read More

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Federal Court Upholds Constitutionality of Key Provision of the Voting Rights Act

Friday, September 23, 2011

Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge John Bates upheld the constitutionality of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) in a case brought by Shelby County, Alabama. Last year, Shelby County (a largely White suburb of Birmingham) filed suit in federal court arguing that Congress had no constitutional authority to reauthorize Section 5 … Read More

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