An open letter to the U.S. Senate

Wait on SCOTUS Nomination

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Please announce that you will wait until after January 20, 2021 to consider a SCOTUS nomination. Within hours of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's passing, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell dared to broach the subject of her replacement, stating, “President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate." A reminder: Justice Antonin Scalia died on February 13, 2016. Neil Gorsuch was confirmed April 7, 2017 and was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts on April 10, 2017 — a 422-day vacancy. During a Senate floor speech on March 16, 2016, Senator McConnell said, "The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president. The American people may well elect a President who decides to nominate Judge Garland for Senate consideration. The next president may also nominate someone very different. Either way, our view is this: Give the people a voice in the filling of this vacancy." We ask no less than that opportunity to make our voices heard — with only 45 days until the November 3rd election and 123 days until the presidential inauguration — before a Supreme Court nomination is brought before the Senate. Please announce that you will wait until after January 20, 2021 to consider a SCOTUS nomination.

First sent on September 19, 2020 by Thomas

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