Tell Republican Senators: You Must Do Your Job and Give Obama's Supreme Court Pick a Fair Hearing

UPDATE: President Obama has chosen Merrick Garland as his Supreme Court nominee. Now that the president has done his job, it's time for members of the Senate to do theirs.

After Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died unexpectedly, the Senate GOP immediately pledged to obstruct any attempt by President Obama to fulfill his constitutional obligation to nominate a replacement. Since then, the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have doubled down on their commitment to block consideration of any nominee until the next president takes office by announcing that they would not even hold hearings or meet with the nominee, regardless of who it is. Never in history have Senators preemptively refused to even consider a Supreme Court nomination before knowing the nominee's name.

The bottom line is this: There is no election year exception to Article II of the Constitution. As Nan Aron and Kyle C. Barry wrote in The Nation, the election to determine who shall fill this Supreme Court vacancy already happened “in 2012, when the American people elected President Obama to another four-year term that still has 11 months remaining.”

Tell the Republican leadership and all US Senators: Do your job. Give fair consideration and a timely up-or-down vote to President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.

(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

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21174 3 days ago Janice Banks NH
21173 6 days ago Ellice Rezaii ID
21172 1 week ago Anonymous KY Grow up and do your job. You were not elected to be the school yard bully.
21171 1 week ago doug harvey
21170 2 weeks ago Annette Ahlander NM It looks to me like you're just dragging your heels waiting and hoping for a Republican president. You sure like to play games with America's judicial system!
21169 3 weeks ago Anonymous CA
21168 3 weeks ago Debi Mohan FL
21167 3 weeks ago Fai B CA This is not acceptable!!!
21166 4 weeks ago Lana Schmitt IL
21165 4 weeks ago Walter Schmitt IL
21164 1 month ago Anonymous CA
21163 1 month ago Sylvia Donnelly MO
21162 1 month ago Cindy Black PA
21161 1 month ago Inge Bjorkman
21160 1 month ago Shirley Strang ot
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21154 1 month ago Arild Warud WV
21153 1 month ago Peter Heisler CA
21152 1 month ago Michael Quinn AZ
21151 1 month ago Linda Hall WA Elections have consequences, you cowards. Suck it up and do your jobs.
21150 1 month ago Janice Banks NH
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