Fill the Supreme Court vacancy!
It’s time for Congress to do its job.
The Constitution couldn’t be clearer: the President has the power to nominate and, with the advice and consent of the Senate, to appoint Justices to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Yet within hours of the recent death of Justice Antonin Scalia, many Senate Republicans took the unprecedented step of announcing that they would not even hold hearings to consider anyone President Obama nominated to fill the vacancy.
We don’t have to wait. The President must nominate a new Justice and the Senate must act on that nomination.
If obstructionists in Congress have their way, the Supreme Court will be without a full bench until 2017 – and that could have serious consequences. The court may be unable to issue rulings on key cases this year, which could leave in place aggressive new restrictions on reproductive rights and further delay the implementation of the President’s executive orders to protect immigrants from deportation.
This is partisan politics at its worst, and the American people deserve better.
Our leaders need to stop playing games, fulfill their constitutional duty and work with President Obama to fill this vacancy without delay.