Obama dares GOP to block critical court nominations

Obama dares GOP to block critical court nominations

President Obama on Tuesday made three nominations to a top appeals court and all but dared the Senate GOP to filibuster them.

Obama tapped U.S. District Court judge Robert Leon Wilkins, Georgetown Law Professor Cornelia Pillard and attorney Patricia Ann Millett to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, widely considered a stepping board to the Supreme Court.

He insisted all three are qualified to serve and that blocking them would be a nakedly political move by Republicans.

“What I’m doing today is my job. I need the Senate to do its job,” Obama said, accusing Republicans of “cynically using Senate rules and procedures to delay and block” confirmation.

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