Obama Nominee for Major Appeals Court Unanimously Passes Senate Committee

President Barack Obama’s nominee to the second highest federal court in the nation cleared a key hurdle today, passing the Senate Judiciary Committee on a unanimous 18-0 vote.

Sri Srinivasan is currently chief deputy solicitor general, second only to Solicitor General Donald Verrilli in representing the United States before the Supreme Court. Obama nominated Srinivasan to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Although the thirteen federal appeals courts are equal in authority, the D.C. Circuit is regarded as the most prestigious of the appellate courts, with jurisdiction over many of the most controversial matters affecting the country.

Srinivasan’s unanimous committee vote essentially guarantees his confirmation to the court. Given his youth, Asian heritage, and sterling credentials, he will likely be on the short list for a future Supreme Court appointment.

Breitbart News legal columnist Ken Klukowski is on faculty at Liberty University School of Law.  


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