The People Must Decide the Next SCOTUS Appointment
“With about 40 days until Election Day, and people across the nation already casting ballots in our presidential election, now is not the time to rush through an appointment to the Supreme Court. In keeping with the Constitution and Justice Ginsburg’s own wishes, the president who is elected by the people in November should nominate a justice after the inauguration.
“I urge Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott to recall the intent of the Framers of the Constitution and refuse to vote on any Justice nominee that comes before the Senate. The Advice and Consent clause was intended to be a serious and deliberative process, not one that is rushed, or timed to achieve maximum political leverage, or logrolled through a vote of a simple majority of the Senate. While more than half of Americans believe that the Supreme Court is ‘too mixed up in politics,’ there is simply too much at stake.
“Sen. Rubio may also recall his own position taken in March 2016, eight months before election day, when then-President Barack Obama tried to fill the seat left open by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Sen. Rubio said: ‘I don’t think we should be moving forward with a nominee in the last year of this president’s term. I would say that even if it was a Republican president.’ If you would not vote then, the people of Florida expect you not to vote now.”