Obama Nominates Liberal Merrick Garland for Supreme Court

Washington – Today, President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.  Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“Nothing has changed. Senate Republicans deserve credit for using their ‘Advice and Consent’ authority to ensure the American people’s voices are not ignored as they are in the process of selecting their next president.  The next president —  Republican or Democrat — should be in the position to fill the Court’s vacancy with the advise and consent of the Senate.

“President Obama and Senate Democrats will no doubt call Judge Garland a ‘mainstream Federal judge’ and promise his ‘approach to deciding cases on the law and the Constitution, not politics or an ideological agenda.’ Of course, they said those exact words when liberal Justices Sotomayor and Kagan were nominated. We are one liberal Justice away from seeing gun rights restricted and partial birth abortion being considered a constitutional right. The Republican majority exists to block these type of nominees.”

Heritage Action: Fight Obama’s Overreach by Refusing to Confirm Nominees (January 2016)
Washington Examiner: Reid Blames Heritage Action for Blocking Nominees (January 2016)
Heritage Action: Statement on Death of Justice Scalia and Looming Nomination Fight (February 2016)
Heritage Action: Obama Promises ‘Moderate’ Supreme Court Justice (February 2016)