Reid said that D.C. circuit court has four vacancies and that President Obama is the only president to not get a D.C. circuit nominee confirmed during a four-year term. He said Republicans blocked Halligan's nomination during the last Congress.
Reid added that the Senate would also consider the nomination of John Brennan to lead the CIA. The Senate Intelligence Committee is expected to approve Brennan’s nomination on Tuesday, meaning a Senate vote would likely come Wednesday or Thursday.
“He’s very well qualified and should be confirmed quickly,” Reid said. "It will be a test of Republican’s goodwill.”
Reid was critical of Republicans for holding up the nomination of Chuck Hagel to lead the Department of Defense for two weeks. Hagel was eventually confirmed at the end of last month. Reid said he hoped Republicans wouldn’t filibuster Brennan’s nomination as well for the sake of national security.