State Attorneys General Urge U.S. Senate to Do Job: Vote on Supreme Court Appointee

Nineteen State Attorneys General Urge the Senate to Do Their Job and Vote on a Supreme Court Nominee


Their letter to Senate leaders stated:

The Constitution clearly sets out the process for filling a Supreme Court vacancy. The President has a duty to make a nomination. President Obama, duly elected twice by the American people, has pledged to do so. The Senate, then, has the responsibility to consider and approve or disapprove the nomination. While simple, this is the law and it should be followed. Throughout our history, the Senate —without exception— has acted promptly to consider qualified nominees to the Supreme Court. The longest the Senate has ever taken to confirm a President’s Supreme Court nominee is 125 days and since 1975, a nominee has, on average, received a vote by the full Senate within 67 days of his or her nomination. Moreover, every nominee since 1875 has received a confirmation hearing. And since 1900, six justices have been confirmed during election years, including Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was confirmed in the final year of the Reagan Administration.


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