06.21.16

Leahy Comment On The Unanimous Well-Qualified Rating of Chief Judge Merrick Garland By The American Bar Association

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.),
Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee,
On The Unanimous Well-Qualified Rating of Chief Judge Merrick Garland by
the American Bar Association

June 21, 2016

“Senate Republicans who are blocking Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland are out of excuses.  Today the American Bar Association announced its rating of Chief Judge Garland’s nomination, unanimously awarding him its highest rating of ‘Well-Qualified’ to serve on the Supreme Court.  Senate Republicans should do their job and promptly call the ABA to testify about its independent review of the nominee in a public hearing.  This has been the practice for as long as I have served in the Senate.  Senate Republicans should then proceed with the overdue confirmation process for Chief Judge Garland so that he can be confirmed in time for the Court’s next term. 

“It has been almost 100 days since Chief Judge Garland was nominated, and in that time we have seen an eight-member Supreme Court deadlocked and diminished.  Now, we need to see action by Senate Republicans who should end their harmful obstruction and schedule a hearing and a vote for Chief Judge Garland.  The American people deserve no less.”

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