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As a member of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, I write to urge the Senate Judiciary Committee to reject the call to forestall confirmation hearings for any nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court put forward by President Obama. This preemptive refusal by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee is political gamesmanship that betrays the public trust and violates the oath Senators have pledged to execute their constitutional responsibilities. Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution provides that the President shall nominate, “by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate,” Judges of the Supreme Court. Failing to consider any Supreme Court nominee until after the new President is inaugurated will result in a vacancy of over a year – well into 2017 – and prevent the Court from ensuring uniform laws throughout the country. The AAPI community expects the Senate to do its job. Important issues are before the Supreme Court this term that will deeply impact our communities. The nation needs the Supreme Court to resolve disputes, and the full Court is critical to a functioning government. To prolong a vacancy on the highest court in our nation for nearly two full court terms is unconscionable, and undermines the guarantee of access to justice owed the people of this country. The Senate Judiciary Committee has obligations under the Constitution it must fulfill. As a member of that body, we expect you to urge your fellow committee members and leaders to perform the obligations of the office to which you were elected and promptly hold confirmation hearings to consider the next nominee to the Supreme Court.