Leahy Comment After Meeting With Supreme Court Nominee Chief Judge Merrick Garland

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.),
Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee,
After Meeting With Supreme Court Nominee Chief Judge Merrick Garland

September 8, 2016

[Senate Republicans’ unprecedented blockade of Chief Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination has made him the longest pending Supreme Court nominee in the history of the United States. On Thursday, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) met with Chief Judge Garland to reiterate his support for the nominee and to call on Senate Republicans to schedule a confirmation hearing and a vote this work period.]

“It has been almost six months since I met with Chief Judge Garland following his nomination to the Supreme Court. In that time, Senate Republicans have done nothing to give this respected judge fair consideration or to ensure that the Supreme Court can properly function as the final arbiter of law. I wanted to see Chief Judge Garland again today to make sure he understood that I and Senate Democrats are still fighting to ensure that he receives the same fair treatment given to previous nominees. It is early September. There is plenty of time for a public confirmation hearing and a confirmation vote so that Chief Judge Garland can join the Supreme Court when it convenes on the first Monday in October. The time for partisan posturing is over. It is time Senate Republicans to do their jobs.”

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