Murkowski Statement on Cloture Vote for Caitlin Halligan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Murkowski today voted to allow Caitlin Joan Halligan of New York an up or down vote to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit in a cloture vote that failed 54-35. She offered the following explanation afterwards:

“I stated during the Bush Administration that judicial nominations deserved an up or down vote, except in “extraordinary circumstances” and my position has not changed simply because there is a different President making the nominations.

“Let me be clear to my constituents and the President of the United States: This was a cloture vote to proceed to an up or down decision.  I did not support Ms. Halligan’s candidacy and would never have voted for her confirmation”