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Larson Calls for Senate to Hold Hearing on SCOTUS Nominee

February 23, 2016
Press Release

Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement regarding the Senate’s decision not to schedule a hearing for President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.

“By refusing to so much as hold a hearing, the Senate is shirking its duty to the American public,” said Larson. “The President has not even named his nominee, but already Senate Republicans are refusing to do their job and ensure the integrity of our justice system. As a lifelong institutionalist who believed in the profundity of the Constitution above all else, I can only imagine that Justice Scalia himself would be disappointed to see its precedents and rules being ignored in favor of scoring political points. The President has said he will do the job he was elected to do; it’s time for the Senate to do theirs.”

If Congress fails to confirm a nominee, the Supreme Court will go an unprecedented two terms—and well over a year—with a vacancy. The Court has never maintained a vacant seat for more than 237 days, and 340 days remain before the next President takes office.