Note to Republicans: The President has Done his Job, It’s Time You Do Yours
Washington, DC (March 16, 2016) - President Obama today nominated Merrick Garland to the vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the death of Antonin Scalia. Garland currently serves as the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Brad Woodhouse, President of Americans United for Change, one of the groups leading the external effort to persuade Republicans in the Senate to end their self-declared blockade of anyone nominated by President Obama, released the following statement.
"President Obama has met his constitutional responsibility and has put forward a nominee for the Supreme Court with impeccable credentials and qualifications. The President has done his job, it's time for Senate Republicans to stop playing politics and do theirs and give Judge Garland fair consideration for a seat on the Supreme Court," said Woodhouse.
"The notion that Senate Republicans, many of whom walk around with the constitution in their pockets, would shirk their constitutional responsibility and ignore the will of the voters who reelected President Obama overwhelmingly in 2012 is an abomination that is at odds with the views of the vast majority of the American people. Such a blockade of a qualified nominee like Judge Garland, who has received bipartisan support in the past, reeks of politics and in poll after poll has proved to be an untenable position for Senate Republicans politically.
"Senator McConnell and Senate Republicans now have a chance to walk back from the brink and do their jobs - and we will use every resource at our disposal to convince them to do so. In the end, if Senate Republicans maintain this unprecedented level of obstruction and refuse to do their jobs, we'll make sure those Republican Senators who are up for reelection this year are replaced with people who will."