WASHINGTON, D.C., February 24, 2016, Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron released the following statement:
The astonishingly irresponsible decision by the Senate Republican leadership to preemptively announce that they will not even consider President Obama’s impending Supreme Court nomination has taken to a new low their seven-year campaign of unrelenting obstruction of the president’s judicial nominees. The denial of even the possibility of a hearing reflects profound disrespect for constitutional norms, and for the American people, who in 2012 chose President Obama to fill this vacancy. Americans are tired of dysfunctional government and of mindless hyper-partisanship leaking into even the most sacred duties of our elected representatives. This shameful action by Senate Republicans brings disrepute to the Congress, undermines the integrity of our democratic institutions, and hobbles our highest court at a time when so many crucial issues of law remain unresolved. We call on Senate Republicans to reconsider their position, fulfill their constitutional obligations, and grant the president’s eventual nominee the respectful hearing he or she deserves.