Obama Presses Congress Again To OK Judge For Prestigious Appeals Court

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President Barack Obama is taking another stab at filling the bench with his favoured judges.Obama has renominated Caitlin Halligan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia after Senate Republicans blocked her appointment last year, CNN reported Monday.

Republicans claimed Halligan was too liberal and they feared she would become an activist judge.

Republicans have not immediately commented on the president’s nomination, CNN reported.

There is no indication when confirmation hearings will be held.

Halligan currently serves as general counsel for the District Attorney’s Office in Manhattan.

The District of Columbia appeals court is often seen as a stepping stone to the Supreme Court, CNN reported. Four of the current Supreme Court justices served on the D.C. appeals court before being promoted to the country’s highest court.

The nomination could prove difficult for the Obama camp. Appointing judges has been a deeply partisan issue and is one that sure to be a fight between Democrats and Republicans during the upcoming election.

The election will also make it difficult for the Senate Judiciary Committee to review Halligan’s nomination, CNN reported, given the compressed schedule and past political disagreement over her appointment.

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