TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Jul 25, 2013

Just one week after the Senate hashed out a compromise for approving seven of President Barack Obama's nominees to run government departments, agencies and boards, Republicans on Wednesday signaled their opposition to Obama's plan for filling vacancies on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, WRCBTV reports. Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley, the top Republican on the committee, said law professor and former senior Justice Department official Cornelia "Nina" Pillard's nomination wasn't necessary because the D.C. circuit doesn't have enough work to justify filling its three vacancies. The D.C. circuit has 11 judgeships authorized by Congress. Republicans have proposed moving two of the vacant seats to other circuits with larger caseloads and eliminating the third seat altogether.