Obama Announces His Supreme Court Nominee

Mar 16, 2016  •  Post A Comment

In a ceremony this morning in the White House Rose Garden, President Obama announced the nomination of Merrick B. Garland to the Supreme Court. Garland, 63, currently serves on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Republican Senate leaders have vowed not to hold confirmation hearings on any Obama nominee, preferring to wait until the next president takes office in January 2017. Obama informed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., of his choice before making his formal announcement.

McConnell spoke following Obama’s announcement, and reiterated the commitment of Senate Republicans not to begin the confirmation process.

The nomination follows the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February.

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  1. I recall that Obama was part of the effort to deny Bush the chance to name Alito as SC judge in 2007 (not his final year as President, as is the case this time around). Sure, Obama says he regrets that, but it didn’t slow him down to help reverse parts of the Second Amendment with Garland. Elections have consequences, so I hope the Republicans who sat out the 2012 election as a protest are happy with their decision.

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