By Brian Washington
Instead of playing political games and delaying action on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, Republicans, who control the Senate, should break with extreme voices like GOP presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz and consider the nomination as well as give it an “up-or-down” vote.
It’s important to note that a few Senate Republicans have already expressed a willingness to meet with Garland. In fact, Senator Susan Collins (ME) shared that the president’s nominee deserves “careful consideration.”
“It’s the duty of the Senate, under the Constitution, to give our advice and give our consent or withhold our consent,” Collins recently said on CNN. “I believe we should follow the regular order and give careful consideration to any nominee that the president may send to the Senate.”
Supreme Court nominees deserve a fair hearing, and both Democrats and Republicans have always provided that courtesy. Now is the time to let your voice be heard. Tell your lawmakers that it’s time to do the will of the people. Polls show that 56 percent of all Americans disagree with GOP Senators who say they will not hold hearings on the proposed replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
TAKE ACTION: Send an email message to your Senators and ask him/her to do their job and fill the current vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court.
If you want to send them a message via Twitter, below you’ll find sample tweets you can use. Just make sure you add the hashtags: #DoYourJob and/or #WeNeedNine.
- Senate must fulfill its constitutional responsibility and consider Garland. Doing otherwise is unprecedented and irresponsible.
- Not holding a fair hearing on Garland would create a constitutional crisis and handcuff all 3 branches of government.
- There is plenty of time for the Senate to fulfill its responsibility to give Judge Garland a fair hearing and a timely vote.
- Senators: It would be irresponsible and unprecedented to let a vacancy on the Supreme Court extend into 2017.
- Besides #SCOTUS, more than 40 judicial nominees are now waiting for a Senate vote so they can do critical work.
You can also help us elevate this important message via social media. But most importantly, make sure you contact your U.S. Senators and urge your friends and family to do so as well. Tell them that U.S. Supreme Court nominees deserve a fair hearing and an up-and-down vote.