U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) calls President Barack Obama’s United States Supreme Court nomination of U.S. Court of Appeals Chief Justice Merrick Garland an excellent choice.
Because only senators can confirm the nomination, Kelly calls on members of the U.S. Senate to be open to the nomination and vote on the selection.
“President Obama’s choice of Chicago-native Judge Merrick Garland as his nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court gives Congress the opportunity to fill this crucial vacancy with a jurist of unparalleled experience and legal acumen,” she said.
“Garland has proven himself to be one of the best appellate judges in the country and his track record as a consensus builder has earned him bipartisan praise throughout his career. He withstood the scrutiny of Congress before, being confirmed to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals with overwhelming support from both sides of the aisle.
“Once again, Congress has a constitutional responsibility to give Garland the fair hearing that he deserves and that the American people expect. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to hold a timely hearing and vote on Garland’s nomination,” Kelly added.