The most prominent judicial nominee for President Obama withdrew her name on Friday from consideration due to continuing opposition from Republicans. A prominent prosecutor in New York, Caitlin Halligan was twice nominated by the president to serve for the D.C. Circuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals.
Many considered her a potential future nominee for the Supreme Court if she won confirmation by the Senate.
However, after over two years of efforts, the president and Halligan agreed on Friday to end their effort.
Obama said he was deeply disappointed that just a minority block of senators had after two years of struggle continued to block a vote on Caitlin’s nominations.
The unjustified filibuster, said Obama, obstructed the vast majority of the other senators from expressing support for the nomination.
Republicans continually refused to vote on the nomination of Halligan because of her judicial views being what they called outside the mainstream. While the Solicitor General in New York, she had argued that manufacturers of firearms should be civilly liable for crimes that take place using guns.
Senator Chuck Grassley a Republican from Iowa said the Senate had decided over a year ago that the nominee should not be given confirmation. Grassley said he is glad the Obama Administration finally was moving beyond whom the Senate had rejected on two occasions.
The appeals court in D.C. is the second highest in the nation and is used many times as a stepping-stone to join the Supreme Court. A number of cases at the court involve the implementation of laws by the federal government.