Renews call for Senate Republican leadership to maintain bipartisan tradition of considering Supreme Court nominees
[U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Judge Merrick Garland meet in Senator Shaheen’s Washington, DC office]
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[B-roll of meeting can be found here]
(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) met with President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, in her Washington, DC office to discuss his pending nomination. Shaheen held a press conference in Concord last week where she called on Republican Senate leaders to fulfill their Constitutional responsibilities and hold hearings and a vote on Garland’s nomination.
“It was a pleasure to meet with Judge Garland today and discuss his extensive legal career,” said Shaheen. “The obstruction of his nomination by Senate Republicans is unprecedented in our nation’s history. The Constitution is clear on the Senate’s obligation in the event of a vacancy on the Court and it’s time for the Republican majority to schedule hearings and a vote. Every Senator swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution and that oath applies to election years and nonelection years alike. I will continuing to review Judge Garland’s record and I hope my Republican colleagues will do the same and commit to moving this process forward.”
Judge Garland has served for 19 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and as Chief Judge of the Court for the past three years. He was confirmed to the bench by a bipartisan Senate vote of 76-23. Chief Judge Garland previously served as a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for D.C. under President George H.W. Bush’s administration.