Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On The Death Of Justice Scalia

“I am saddened to learn of Justice Antonin Scalia’s untimely passing.  Although I often did not agree with his legal opinions, no one doubted his commitment or his brilliance.  I hope that no one will use this sad news to suggest that the President or the Senate should not perform its constitutional duty.  The American people deserve to have a fully functioning Supreme Court.   The Supreme Court of the United States is too important to our democracy for it to be understaffed for partisan reasons.  It is only February.  The President and the Senate should get to work without delay to nominate, consider and confirm the next justice to serve on the Supreme Court.”

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