STATEMENT: CAP’s Neera Tanden on Senate Obstruction and Supreme Court Nominee
Washington, D.C. — Neera Tanden, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement in response to obstructionist actions taken today by Senate Republican Leaders:
The U.S. Senate has a constitutional obligation to advise and consent on Supreme Court nominees. Today’s actions by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are an unprecedented and nakedly partisan obstruction of a key function of government.
The American people expect their elected officials to uphold their duties throughout the entirety of their time in office. Senators have a job to do. We urge senators to heed the clarity of Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Dean Heller (R-NV), and Mark Kirk (R-IL) and allow the Senate to review and vote on President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. To do otherwise is a complete abdication of their constitutional responsibility.
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