Press Release: Feminist Majority Applauds Change in Senate Filibuster Rules
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 21, 2013
Feminist Majority Applauds Change in Senate Filibuster Rules
WASHINGTON --The U.S. Senate voted 52-48 today to change the filibuster rules to require a simple majority - rather than 60 votes - to end debate on presidential nominees to the executive branch and the federal bench, with the exception of nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court.
"We congratulate Senator Reid on his leadership," said Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal. "Republicans have been engaging in an egregious abuse of power by systematically blocking presidential nominees to the federal bench and disproportionately affecting the appointment of highly qualified women and people of color."
Patricia Millett is likely to be the next person confirmed to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Millett is an accomplished lawyer who has argued 32 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and has had over a dozen years of service in the Department of Justice. She was one of three very qualified women nominated to this D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals who were recently blocked by Senate Republicans.
"At last we will break the logjam of judicial and executive appointments, end the dysfunction of the Senate, and stop Republican denial of the re-election of President Obama" said Smeal.
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SisterReach, a grassroots organization focused on "empowering, organizing, and mobilizing women and girls in the community around their reproductive and sexual health to make informed decisions about themselves," organized the press conference "to call attention to the unique concerns Black and poor communities throughout Shelby County and across the state of Tennessee face on a daily basis" and to emphasize how the upcoming election "could further limit [black women's] reproductive, economic, political, and social autonomy."
"We assemble today to impress upon black women and women of color, many of whom are heads of households, to get out and vote," said SisterReacher Founder and CEO Cherisse Scott at the event.
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