Press Release - The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds Millett Confirmation and Cloture Filing for Congressman Watt among Several Nominees
For Immediate Release
Contact: Scott Simpson, 202.466.2061, firstname.lastname@example.org
December 10, 2013
WASHINGTON – Nancy Zirkin, executive vice president of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement after the Senate confirmed renowned litigator Patricia Millett to fill a longstanding vacancy on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Majority Leader Harry Reid filed cloture petitions to vote on the nomination of Congressman Mel Watt to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and several other executive and judicial branch nominees:
“Today’s vote marks a new day for our nation’s judiciary. After years of backlogs and overworked judges, help is finally on the way for the chronically understaffed and unbalanced D.C. Circuit.
The D.C. Circuit is our nation’s second most important court and Ms. Millett, one of the nation’s leading appellate attorneys, has the skills and qualifications to serve with distinction. And with the upcoming votes on Judge Robert Wilkins and Cornelia Pillard to fill the remaining vacancies, we will soon have a fully staffed D.C. Circuit.
Equally as important are the filing of cloture petitions for Congressman Watt to head the FHFA and many other key executive and judicial nominations. Congressman Watt is poised to be a strong and fearless voice for struggling homeowners and a steady hand to help ensure stability in the housing market.
We applaud the Senate for confirming Ms. Millett and call for swift floor votes on Congressman Watt and the rest of today’s nominees.”
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its 200-plus member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.