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Congressman Joaquin Castro

Representing the 20th District of Texas

CASTRO STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA'S NOMINATION OF MERRICK GARLAND TO THE SUPREME COURT

Mar 16, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released the following statement after President Barack Obama announced Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court: 
 
“Today President Obama fulfilled his constitutional duty and announced a nominee to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. I trust the President’s confidence in Merrick Garland and the thorough review he undertook in making this selection. 
 
“Now it’s time for the Senate to do its job and provide the President’s nominee with a fair hearing and an up-or-down vote. By refusing to consider Garland, Senate Republicans are yet again putting party before country. Holding the Supreme Court hostage for political gain is a disservice to the American people and to our nation’s democracy. 
 
“The Senate has already confirmed Garland to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, a court that considers a greater percentage of high-profile, complex cases involving the federal government than any other appeals court in the nation. Senate Republicans should put politics aside, follow decades of precedent, and swiftly provide Garland with the consideration he deserves.”

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