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Linda Sánchez: It is Time for Republican Senators to do Their job.

April 19, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC – Representative Linda Sánchez (CA-38), Chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, a member of the Ways and Means Committee, today made the following floor statement on Senate Republican obstructionism on the nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court:

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“Thank you, Mr. Conyers, for your leadership and for organizing this Special Order Hour to highlight the grave consequences of Senate Republican obstructionism by blocking a simple up or down vote on the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

“Republicans claim to love the Constitution yet refuse to acknowledge their constitutional duties. Senate Republicans have chosen to play politics instead of doing what’s right for the American people.

“They simply do not want to do their job.

“President Obama faithfully fulfilled his constitutional duty by nominating Chief Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, but Senate Republicans refuse to even hold a hearing to consider Chief Judge Garland’s nomination.

“This refusal to fulfill a constitutional duty to vet and vote on this nominee is indicative of Republican’s 8-year strategy of obstructing President Obama at every opportunity.

“And who loses? The American people.

“The worst excuse I’ve heard as to why Senate Republicans are shirking their constitutional duty is that the American people should have a say in the process. I’d like to remind my Senate Republican colleagues that the American people – including 11.2 million Latinos who voted in the 2012 election – already had a voice in this nomination.

“The American people expressed their will when they overwhelmingly reelected President Obama to a second full term – with the understanding that if a vacancy occurred, it is part of the President’s duty to nominate a Supreme Court Justice.

“I’d like to remind my Republican colleagues, a full Presidential term is four years, not just three. I know math can be hard so I wanted to make sure my Republican colleagues in the Senate were clear on that.

“The vacancy before us is one that is critically important for all Americans, but especially for Latinos living in the United States. 

“The President has fulfilled his obligation, now it is time for the Republican Senators to do their job.”