U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) today released the following statement regarding his "no" vote on cloture for D.C. Circuit nominee Caitlin Halligan:
Ms. Halligan's record justifies the unusual step of denying cloture to a judicial nominee. She is a skilled litigator with a distinguished career, but she has repeatedly advanced extreme legal theories inconsistent with judicial restraint. A federal judge, especially on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, must be willing to follow the law and not impose his or her personal policy positions. Whether on guns, marriage, or the legal standards applicable to alien terrorists, Ms. Halligan's aggressive and consistent litigation agenda shows that she is not a suitable choice to serve on the critically important D.C. Circuit court.