New York – Following President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, Stosh Cotler, CEO of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, issued the following statement:
“Merrick Garland is a fully qualified, officially nominated candidate for the Supreme Court," said Stosh Cotler, CEO of Bend the Arc. “The time has come for Senate Republicans to quit with the schoolyard games and give Garland a hearing and an up or down vote. The Constitution, our political traditions and the overwhelming will of the American people in the 2012 presidential election all make it clear: it is President Obama’s job to nominate Justices to the Supreme Court and it is the Senate’s duty to vote yes or no on that nominee. While Republicans may prefer for Donald Trump to select a Supreme Court Justice rather than a constitutional scholar like President Obama, it would be unprecedented and deeply irresponsible for the Senate to leave a vacancy on the Supreme Court for two terms. Merrick Garland is entitled to a vote and the American people deserve a fully-functioning Supreme Court."