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November 12, 2013 AT 3:22 PM
Another of President Obama’s choices to fill a vacancy on a powerful appeals court was blocked by a filibuster as Senate Republicans stalled another White House nominee — the third in two weeks — and deepened a festering conflict with Democrats over presidential appointments. By a vote of 56 to 41, the nomination of Cornelia T. L. Pillard, a Georgetown law professor, fell short of clearing the necessary 60-vote threshold.