| Diane -- |
It's been 125 days since President Obama fulfilled his constitutional duty and nominated Judge Merrick Garland to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. Today, the Senate has set a record: No other Supreme Court nominee in U.S. history who hasn't been withdrawn has gone longer without a vote.
That's right -- since 1789, it has never taken this long for the Senate to do its job. And Congress just left town for a seven-week recess, delaying the process even further.
In fact, since 1975, the average confirmation time has been just 67 days, even in an election year. Supreme Court nominees have received votes when opposing political parties have controlled the Senate and the White House. There's no excuse -- but Senate leaders today continue to put partisan politics over their most basic job requirements, threatening to cripple one of our democracy's most critical institutions in the process.
Stand up for a fair Supreme Court nomination process -- add your name now.
This level of obstruction is unprecedented -- and is already having far-reaching, harmful consequences. Senate leaders are disrupting the balance of powers by handicapping the judiciary. Just in the last few months, because it's missing a ninth justice, the Supreme Court has failed to reach decisions on important cases and to address major issues our country is facing.
A majority of Americans are in support of a fair hearing for Judge Garland. But if we want to see any action from Congress, it's up to us to keep speaking out and to keep the pressure up. They need to do their jobs and not allow the judicial confirmation process to become an endless cycle of political brinkmanship.
Speak up now if you agree it's past time for Senate leaders to act:
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