Carney: Stop politics with court nominees

The White House urged the Senate to advance its nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia when the upper chamber takes up the vote later Tuesday. 

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White House press secretary Jay Carney urged Republicans to stop playing politics with President Obama’s court nominees.  

“More of President Obama's nominees to the D.C. Circuit have been successfully filibustered than those of any other president in history,” he said. “We urge the Senate to consider all of these nominations on their merits starting with tonight's cloture vote for Nina Pillard.”

The Senate is expected to vote on a cloture motion to advance Pillard on Tuesday afternoon. 

Pillard is one of Obama’s three nominees to the D.C. court, which is consider the second most influential only behind the Supreme Court. Carney noted that Republican presidents nominated 15 of the last 19 members of the court. 

“But now that a Democratic president is fulfilling his constitutional duty and nominating judges, Republicans make cynical arguments in an effort to maintain an ideological edge,” he said. 

Late last month, Republicans in the Senate blocked another nominee to the appeals court, Patricia Millett, spurring threats from Democrats about implementing the “nuclear option” to change the rules to advance her.