Target: U.S. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn
Goal: Allow President Obama to nominate a new Supreme Court Justice after the death of Justice Scalia.
Republicans in the Senate have refused to allow President Obama to continue forward with his Supreme Court nominee after the recent death of Supreme Court Justice Scalia. They have stated that they want to wait until the next president comes into office and want this new president to choose. They have gone so far as to tell the president that they would not even bother holding a hearing for the new nominee in hopes that a Republican comes into office next term.
The process for replacing a justice is meant to be simple; the Constitution gives the president the authority to make a nomination and gives the Senate the power to advise and consent the new nomination. After the nomination, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearings and eventually vote. If the nomination passes through the committee, it will go to the full chamber.
At this point the nominee may be subjected to a filibuster, in which 60 votes will be required for the nominee to become a Justice, however this has only happened once. It’s still disputed as to whether it was a filibuster to this day. Unfortunately, the Senate is not doing its job in a reasonable and logical way. Sign the petition below to demand that the Senate allow President Obama’s nomination to be voted on.
Dear Senator Cornyn,
The recent passing of Justice Scalia has left the entire United States with bated breath. The Republicans of the Senate have outright refused to even hold hearings for President Obama’s nominee, instead hoping that the next President will be a Republican. After Justice Scalia’s loud conservative voice, conservatives are looking for another just like him despite Obama being a liberal.
The mistake that the Republicans are making, however, is enormous. They’re not only hurting the chances of a Republican reaching office, but they’re also risking their own re-elections. By refusing to work with the current President, Republicans send the message that they would rather go against constitutional norms than have to compromise with Democrats.
Many republican Senators are also facing re-election, and this issue could cost them a seat in the chamber. Though they claim to be strict interpreters of the Constitution, they seem to be suddenly reading into provisions that don’t exist. I demand that the Senate allow the President’s nominee be considered by the Judiciary Committee.
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