Washington, DC – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley issued the following statement after Senate Republicans filibustered another qualified nominee to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, Robert Wilkins. In recent weeks, the Republican minority has also filibustered the nominations of Mel Watt to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency as well as both Patricia Millett and Cornelia Pillard to sit on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
“When will we say enough is enough? Repeatedly over the past month, a minority of Senators has blocked qualified nominees by abusing the Senate rules. The rules on nominees are not working, and we need to change them.
“This court will rule on the critical protections that we put in place to protect hard working families from the predatory practices of Wall Street. We cannot let a minority of Senators block qualified nominees and endanger the important reforms that have been put in place to protect Oregon families.”