SJC Dems: Committee Must Allow Public Hearings For SCOTUS Nominee

In Letter to Chairman Grassley, Dems Write: “The American people deserve to have their elected officials make decisions in a transparent and accountable manner”

WASHINGTON (Tuesday, February 23, 2016) – Senate Judiciary Committee Democratic members on Tuesday called on Republicans to drop their wholesale obstruction of a Supreme Court nominee and allow the Senate to fulfill its constitutional duty of advice and consent.

In a letter to Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and all Republicans on the Judiciary Committee, Committee Democrats led by Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) made clear that they do not support shutting down the process of filling a vacancy on the Supreme Court, as Republicans are demanding. 

The letter to Grassley comes after Committee Republicans met behind closed doors with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and decided that they would not proceed with a public process for considering a nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy arising from Justice Antonin Scalia’s untimely death.

Preventing hearings for President Obama’s nominee to fill the seat would mark new Senate history.  Since the Judiciary Committee began holdings hearings for Supreme Court nominees in 1916, every pending Supreme Court nominee has received a hearing, except 9 nominees who were all confirmed within 11 days.

A copy of the February 23 letter to Chairman Grassley is below and available online.

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