When Republicans were asked who President Obama should nominate as good centrist choice, many said Judge Merrick Garland. Yet, the moment he was nominated, those same Republicans suddenly refused to even meet with him. It’s the type of behavior that voters are tired of seeing in Washington.
Months after Justice Scalia’s tragic death, his place on the Supreme Court is still vacant. Republicans are vowing to keep it empty going into the new Supreme Court term in October. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that the Senate shouldn’t confirm a nominee in an election year. This is not how our system of checks and balances is supposed to work.
Since 1900, the Senate has voted on eight nominees in an election year. If they don’t think Judge Garland should be seated on the court, whether because he is unqualified or it’s an election year, they have every right to do so with a “no” vote on the Senate floor. It’s time they allow that vote to happen for Judge Merrick Garland.
As more time passes, more Senators and leaders in the conservative movement are calling for a vote on the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland. There is a bipartisan consensus that a vote is overdue. Tell the Senate Leader Mitch McConnell to stop playing Washington games with the Supreme Court. The time for a vote is now.