To The Daily Sun,
Nearly a month ago, we saw the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia. Since then, the ninth seat on the Supreme Court has remained vacated. Now, it's a disappointment that the Senate is not doing the job their constituents wants them to do — follow the Constitution. It seems a bit hypocritical for Republicans to call out Democrats for not "following" the Constitution.
Clearly in the Constitution (Article 2, Section 2, Clause 2) it clearly states "he shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, judges of the Supreme Court..."
Now, our Senator, Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) is one of those who is obstructing the Constitution. Along with the presidential candidates, Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX). This issue shouldn't be a partisan issue, rather they should follow the Constitution. Without the ninth justice, you'll most likely see a gridlock in the Supreme Court as the court currently, is split evenly between conservatives and liberals. With 4-4 rulings, you'll see issues that are crucial not going forward.
It's unprecedented for the Senate to not hold a hearing, and vote to accept/deny the confirmation.
President Barack Obama was elected by the people not once, but twice, and shall do his job that he was tasked to do when he was elected to be our president. Even then, according to ABC News/Washington Post poll, 63 percent of Americans has voiced their opinion that they want the current president to nominate a Supreme Court justice, and for the Senate to hold a hearing and vote on the nominee. My guess: if Obama does not nominate a SCJ that does not meet credentials to hold this office, then the Senate shall vote accordingly.
We have pending cases that are waiting in the court to be decided on. Anywhere from women's health, to equality issues, and other crucial cases that needs to be decided on by the Supreme Court. Americans wants to know crucial cases sooner rather than later. Believe it or not, the Supreme Court is one of the three branches of government. Without the ninth justice, Republicans are essentially stopping the highest court of the land. Let's face it, if this was the same scenario, but it was a Republican president, you'll see them moving the process quickly.
Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and other Democrats, recently took the Senate floor to pressure the Republicans to do their jobs. As stated before, this shouldn't be a partisan issue. The Republicans won't even hold a hearing in the Senate, and therefore, won't consider any Supreme Court justice. This is clear obstruction of the Constitution. Republicans will make up every excuse to not hold a hearing from claiming it's an election year, to the president being a lame duck, and other non-professional excuse.
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