|Judge Scalia's Empty Chair Draped In Black|
The Constitution grants the president the authority to nominate his choice to fill a Supreme Court vacancy — a power President Obama exercised by nominating Judge Merrick Garland. But the Constitution also gives the Senate a co-equal role with the power to provide advice and consent. The best way to exercise our power is to conduct the confirmation process after the presidential election.
|Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)|
Holding hearings now would poison an already contentious confirmation process with the worst of election-year politics, resulting in harm to the integrity of the court. In years past, Democratic leaders — including Vice President Biden — have themselves warned against considering a Supreme Court nominee so late before an election. By so doing, we can also give the American people a voice in the direction of our nation’s highest court after their split decision in electing a Democratic president and a Republican Senate with very different views of the law and the Constitution.Read the rest of the op-ed HERE.
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