I'm writing to ask you to join the growing number of senators who have committed to the people a voice in filling this vacancy, as we did in 2016 when the senate set the precedent that Supreme Court nominees should not be voted on during a presidential election year.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski came out against an appointment this close to an election. 'I would not vote to confirm a Supreme Court nominee,' she said. 'We are 50 some days away from an election.'
Sen. Chuck Grassley said in May, 'You can't have one rule for Democratic presidents and another rule for Republican presidents.'
Sen. Susan Collins said, 'I think that's too close, I really do,' when asked by The New York Times about appointing a justice in October.
Judiciary Committee Chair Sen. Lindsay Graham promised in 2018 that 'if an opening comes in the last year of President Trump's term, and the primary process has started, we'll wait to the next election.'
I’ll also remind you of a quote from YOU, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in 2016: “I don’t think we should be moving on a nominee in the last year of this president’s term - I would say that if it was a Republican president ."
Please commit to give the people a voice as your colleagues have done and to fulfill the precedent that you set four years ago.