Judiciary

White House Withdraws Judicial Nominee

Filibustered by Republicans

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The White House is withdrawing President Obama's judicial nominee Caitlin Halligan from consideration after multiple failed confirmation attempts.

"I am deeply disappointed that even after nearly two and a half years, a minority of Senators continued to block a simple up-or-down vote on her nomination," Obama said in a statement.

Halligan had been nominated to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, but Senate Republicans blocked her confirmation for the second time earlier this month despite lamentations from the White House that she was enormously qualified and had waited more than 700 days since being nominated the first time in 2011.