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Today marks 100 days since President Obama fulfilled his constitutional duty and nominated Judge Merrick Garland to fill the Supreme Court vacancy.
For more than three months, Senate leaders have refused to hold a hearing for Judge Garland, despite his sterling legal credentials, impeccable record, and past bipartisan support. Just this week, the American Bar Association -- a non-partisan organization -- gave Judge Garland its highest possible rating, calling him "well qualified" to serve on the Supreme Court.
This isn't an abstract issue. Yesterday, the court was unable to reach a decision on President Obama's immigration actions, tying 4-4. That means millions of people across the country -- people who live here and have raised families here -- will still be denied the opportunity to work, pay taxes, and more fully contribute to this country free from fear.
Real people are being affected because Mitch McConnell, Chuck Grassley, and their colleagues remain more committed to partisanship and politics than to fulfilling the basic requirements of their job by holding a hearing and a vote.
Speak up if you agree that Senate leaders should do their jobs and give Judge Garland a fair hearing.
The fair consideration of a Supreme Court nominee has been extended to every president in recent history. On average, it's taken 67 days to confirm Supreme Court nominees since 1975. And since 1900, six presidents have filled a Supreme Court vacancy in an election year. Senate leaders' refusal to act is unprecedented political gamesmanship.
Let's be clear: It is the Senate's job to fairly consider a Supreme Court nominee. For the past 100 days, Senate leadership has simply refused to do it -- it has real consequences, and it's unacceptable.
Make your voice heard -- call for a fair Supreme Court nomination process:
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