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How your congressional delegates voted

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Zip codes: House 20515, Senate 20510
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PATRICIA MILLETT FILIBUSTER: Voting 55 for and 43 against, the Senate on Nov. 21 invoked cloture on a previously successful Republican filibuster of the nomination of Patricia Ann Millett to sit on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. This was the Senate’s first vote on a nominee after it changed its filibuster rules. The vote cleared the way for a simple-majority, up- or-down vote this month on Millett’s nomination to fill one of three vacancies on what is regarded as the most powerful of the 13 federal appeals courts.

A yes vote was to end a GOP filibuster against Millett.

YES: UDALL, HEINRICH

ROBERT WILKINS FILIBUSTER: Voting 53 for and 38 against, the Senate on Nov. 18 failed to reach 60 votes needed to end Republican blockage of the nomination of federal judge Robert Wilkins to join the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Wilkins, 50, is now a District Court (trial) judge in that circuit. This was the Senate’s final vote on a nominee under the 60-vote cloture rule. Three days later, Democratic senators changed that standard to require only simple-majority votes to advance presidential nominees, and a revote that would confirm Wilkins is expected within weeks.

The D.C. court is regarded as the most influential of the 13 federal appeals court, in part because it rules on challenges to federal regulations. The 11-seat tribunal has four judges nominated by Republican presidents, four chosen by Democratic presidents and three vacancies. As a result of the rules change, Wilkins, Patricia Millett (see vote above) and Georgetown Law Professor Cornelia Pillard are on course to fill those vacancies by year’s end.

A yes vote supported the Wilkins nomination.

YES: UDALL, HEINRICH

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