President Barack Obama today formally nominated three lawyers to fill slots on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, introducing the candidates in remarks in the Rose Garden and calling on the U.S. Senate to give each nominee a vote.
Standing next to the president, the three nominees: Patricia Millett of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, U.S. District Judge Robert Wilkins and Cornelia "Nina" Pillard, a Georgetown University Law Center professor.
Obama didn't exactly strike a bipartisan tone in his remarks, which lasted about 15 minutes. The president chided Senate republicans for delaying votes on judicial candidates and, in some cases, blocking nominations. Obama's first pick for the D.C. Circuit, Caitlin Halligan, languished in the Senate. She withdrew her name in March.
"Too much of the peoples' business is at stake," Obama said today. "Our legal framework depends on timely confirmation of judicial nominees, and nowhere is this more apparent than with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals."