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It's time to make the Supreme Court whole again

Today, President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland, a respected federal judge and former prosecutor with a reputation for being a consensus builder. As the President noted, Garland led the investigation and prosecution of the Oklahoma City bombers, and his appointment to the federal bench was confirmed in the Senate with broad bipartisan support.

Now, it’s the Senate’s job to hold hearings and vote. But some in Congress are so eager for another partisan fight that they’re still refusing to even consider the President’s nominee. They’d rather leave the Supreme Court one Justice short than give Judge Garland the consideration he deserves – and that would be a new low in American politics.

The Senate should give Judge Garland full consideration and vote on the nomination. Only by moving the nomination process forward can we give the American people the fair and impartial justice system they deserve.


Posted on March 16, 2016.
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