Murray called Garland, who is the chief judge of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, a “really impressive” nominee who comes with a “wealth of experience”.
Reid based his allegation on internal polling that he said he saw Wednesday, showing voters would be more likely to oppose a senator who blocked hearings and a vote on President Barack Obama’s nominee.
Then Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Rob Portman of Ohio, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Jeff Flake of Arizona announced they would meet with Garland. Sen.
He said Republicans are jeopardizing the “integrity of the judicial branch” by refusing to consider his “extraordinary” nominee to the Supreme Court.
“It gets me irritated, the bickering and all that kind of stuff”, Julie Christopher, 49, a Republican and flight attendant from Fort Worth, Texas, said in a follow-up interview, describing her modest attention to the issue.
Stabenow gave each person the opportunity to deliver a message to the senators who have said they “don’t have to do their job for a year”.
With Garland and Flake’s meetings, nine Republicans have now met with Garland.
Obama nominated Garland to replace the late Antonin Scalia.
“I want to thank Judge Garland for his service”. There is no duty for the Republican Senate majority to tackle this question by confirming or denying Garland without input from the voters.
Confirmation hearings should wait until Americans choose the next president, Flake said, echoing a majority of Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Iowa Republican who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, had breakfast with Garland in the Capitol to tell him the committee would not hold hearings to consider his nomination.
Garland also met with Republican Sen. “This is a lifetime appointment that could reshape the Supreme Court for generations, and I believe the best thing for the country is to trust the American people to weigh in”. “The 5 million more people that voted for President Obama in 2012 actually had no voice in this process”. The average vacancy on the court lasts 67 days.
“The confirmation of a Supreme Court Justice is one of the most solemn tasks that our government performs”.
In the month that Chief Judge Garland’s nomination has been pending, the Supreme Court has already deadlocked twice and was not able to carry out its constitutional role as the final arbiter of our Nation’s laws.