Thursday, March 17, 2016

Senate Supreme Court Stonewall

President Obama has nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court yet some members of the U.S. Senate including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are still refusing to consider Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. The Constitution contains a clear process that it’s the president’s job to nominate a candidate & then it is the Senate’s job to ensure that candidate gets a fair hearing. When it comes to our nation’s highest court the American people are entitled to justice instead of party politics & temper tantrums from politicians who’d rather let the next president fill the seat. Scalia’s seat has now been vacant for a month & there’s just too much at stake to have a prolonged vacancy on the Supreme Court. Rea Carey, National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director stated, “President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Garland is a highly qualified candidate & now the U.S. Senate must fulfill its obligation of holding a fair hearing & vote on his confirmation to the Court. Delaying to fill the Supreme Court vacancy has serious implications for the lives of millions of people for generations to come. Too much is at stake including the future of voting rights, racial justice, economic justice, immigration reform, reproductive rights & full equality for LGBTQ people. We urge the Senate leadership not to play politics with our judicial system and move the hearing & voting process forward swiftly. Failing to hold a fair hearing is not only morally wrong but it is also a complete disregard to the Constitutional responsibilities of the Senate.”
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