Today, Congressman Mike Michaud called upon the U.S. Senate to take swift action to confirm First Circuit Court of Appeals nominee William Kayatta, Jr. of Cape Elizabeth. Although Kayatta received a bipartisan 16-2 recommendation by the Senate Judiciary Committee in April, Senate Republican leadership has vowed to block all circuit court nominees until after the November elections.
"It is time for the Senate to give Bill an up-or-down vote," said Michaud. "This type of political gamesmanship is one of the many reasons that I recently became a plaintiff on a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the filibuster. I commend Senators Snowe and Collins for their willingness to break with their party leadership to confirm this qualified nominee."
In May, Michaud joined several of his colleagues as a plaintiff on a lawsuit filed by Common Cause, challenging that the Senate's use of the filibuster and hold are unconstitutional. The filibuster requires 60 votes to allow the Senate to proceed to a vote on legislation or judicial nominees.
William Kayatta, Jr. has been a partner at Pierce, Atwood LLP in Portland for more than 25 years. Michaud and Rep. Chellie Pingree forwarded Kayatta's name to the President Obama in May 2011. Kayatta was nominated by the President to the First Circuit bench in January.