For Immediate Release

Organization Profile: 
Contact: 

Miranda Blue or Justin Greenberg
202-467-4999 / media@pfaw.org

Senate Republicans Block Vote on Nomination of Goodwin Liu, Double Down on Partisan Obstruction

WASHINGTON - Republicans today used procedural tactics to block an up-or-down vote on the nomination of Goodwin Liu, President Obama’s nominee to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

“Today’s vote is an outrage for anyone who values intelligence, character and judgment on the bench,” said Marge Baker of People For the American Way. “There’s absolutely no question that Goodwin Liu possesses those qualities, but that wasn’t enough to overcome the petty partisanship that has become the standard operating procedure for Senate Republicans.

SCROLL TO CONTINUE WITH CONTENT

The media landscape is changing fast

Our news team is changing too as we work hard to bring you the news that matters most.

Change is coming. And we've got it covered.

“Just a few years ago, many GOP senators claimed that filibusters of judicial nominees were inappropriate and even unconstitutional. But in Mitch McConnell’s Senate, principles take a back seat to partisanship. In voting to block a vote on a qualified, thoroughly mainstream nominee, Republicans in the Senate have shown that they put politics above all else. They’ve taken their campaign of obstruction to a whole new level.

“Goodwin Liu deserves an up-or-down vote, and we will continue to press for his confirmation.”

###

We want a more open and sharing world.

That's why our content is free. Free to read. Free to republish. Free to share. With no advertising. No paywalls. No selling of your data. How? Nonprofit. Independent. Reader-supported.

All of our original content is published under Creative Commons—allowing (and encouraging) our articles to be republished freely anywhere. In addition to the traffic and reach our content generates on our site, the multiplying impact of our work is huge and growing as our articles flourish across the Internet and are republished by other large and small online and print outlets around the world.

Several times a year we run brief campaigns to ask our readers to pitch in—and thousands of small donations fund our newsroom and allow us to continue publishing. Our 2019 Mid-Year Campaign is underway. Can you help? We can't do it without you.

People For the American Way is dedicated to making the promise of America real for every American: Equality. Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. The right to seek justice in a court of law. The right to cast a vote that counts. The American Way. Our vision is a vibrantly diverse democratic society in which everyone is treated equally under the law, given the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams, and encouraged to participate in our nation’s civic and political life. Our America respects diversity, nurtures creativity and combats hatred and bigotry.

Share This Article

More in: