Reid: Filing court vacancies is not ‘court packing’

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies Republicans are headed for a disappointing end to their year in power Obama's HHS secretary could testify in Menendez trial MORE (D-Nev.) defended President Obama’s D.C. Appellate Court nominee Wednesday, saying it’s the president's job to fill court vacancies.

Some Republicans have vowed to block all of Obama’s D.C. Circuit Court nominees, including Patricia Millett, who is expected to get a procedural vote later this week.

“This is about stacking the court by changing the majority,” Sen. John CornynJohn CornynGun proposal picks up GOP support House bill set to reignite debate on warrantless surveillance Republicans jockey for position on immigration MORE (R-Texas) said Tuesday. “So there is no mystery about what is going on here … they want to pack the court with judges who will rubber stamp their big government agenda.”

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