Republican Leaders Respond to Open Seat on the Supreme Court
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — Several leaders in the Republican party has released statements after President Barack Obama announced his intention to nominate Judge Merrick Garland to the United States Supreme Court.
Congressman Joe Wilson issued the following statement after President Obama announced his nominee for the Supreme Court:
“I support the Senate majority standing firm to have the next President to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. The voters should know the consequence of their vote. A liberal appointee will reinterpret the Constitution beyond its meaning—denying citizens the right to vote for legislators to develop laws. A conservative appointee, in the tradition of Justice Antonin Scalia, will promote the Constitutional role of a justice to interpret law, not make law.”
U.S. Senator Tim Scott released the following statement after President Obama announced his intention to nominate Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court:
In says in part: “I believe that my duty is to the people of South Carolina; not to the President. As a result, I will not consider any Supreme Court nominee until after the country has elected our next president in November and they have taken office in January 2017. This is about the principle that the American people must have a voice in who the next Supreme Court nominee will be and I intend to honor that principle.”
Under the #Constitution, the president has every right to make this nomination, and the Senate has every right not to confirm a nominee.
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) March 16, 2016
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today made this statement on President Obama’s Supreme Court nomination:
In says in part: “As I have repeatedly stated, the election cycle is well under way and the precedent of the Senate is not to confirm a nominee at this stage in the process. I strongly support giving the American people a voice in choosing the next Supreme Court nominee by electing a new president. I hope all Americans understand how important their vote is when it comes to picking a new Supreme Court Justice. The American people should choose wisely this November.