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Larson on Merrick Garland's Selection as SCOTUS Nominee

March 16, 2016
Press Release
Calls on Senate to Vote on His Confirmation

Washington – Today, President Barack Obama announced Merrick Garland as his candidate to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement:

“Judge Garland has served our country honorably both on the bench and as a federal prosecutor,” said Larson. “Congress has already demonstrated clear respect for his record and credentials during Judge Garland’s 1997 confirmation. It is now time for the Senate to uphold its responsibilities and hold a vote. If Congress fails to confirm a nominee, it is likely that the Supreme Court will go two terms—and more than a year—with a vacancy. That is unacceptable. The American public deserve a government that functions in regular order and a justice system that operates the way the Constitution intended. As an institutionalist himself, I can hardly imagine Justice Scalia would appreciate this obstructionism from his fellow conservatives.”

Judge Garland serves as the Chief Judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the same court where the late Judge Scalia once served. He was confirmed 76-23 in 1997.