Less than two hours after news broke that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had passed away, Mitch McConnell was already turning the unfortunate news into a power grab.
Senate Majority Leader McConnell rushed out a radical claim: That the Senate should shirk its constitutional duty to consider and confirm Supreme Court nominees, simply because it’s an election year.
That’s not how it worked when Ronald Reagan nominated Anthony Kennedy to the Supreme Court. The Democratic-led Senate confirmed him unanimously in an election year, 1988.
The U.S. Constitution specifically states that the Senate should give “advice and consent” on Supreme Court nominations by the president.
The Constitution has no exception for election years.
It’s clear that McConnell is looking for any excuse to block President Obama from naming another justice to the Supreme Court.
He knows what we all know. The future of reproductive rights, overturning Citizens United, protecting labor rights, and Obama’s Clean Power Plan all hang in the balance.
Sign the petition: Tell the Senate to fulfill its constitutional duty and work with President Obama to fill the vacancy at the Supreme Court without delay.