The filibuster of Halligan's nomination has drawn intense criticism from legal scholars who point to her distinguished record and "unanimously well-qualified" rating from the American Bar Association. But instead of voting on the merits of her nomination, partisan obstruction in the Senate has led to a filibuster, which may keep her from even getting a final yes-or-no vote.
Here are the shocking figures:
- 25 pending nominees
- 23 with very strong bipartisan support
- 21 unopposed in committee
- 10 to fill judicial emergencies
- And if votes were held today on all nominees, their average wait time would be 177 days
UPDATE 12/5, 6:07 p.m.: The Senate has just voted to confirm Edgardo Ramos, James Gilstrap, Andrew Carter, and Dana Christensen. That's great news, but does not end the Senate's obligation to the American people or to the 21 nominees still waiting on the Senate floor.