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National reaction to Merrick Garland’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court

Federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland, right, stands

Federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland, right, stands with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden as Obama introduces him as the nominee for the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Credit: AP

Reaction to President Barack Obama’s nomination of U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court:

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) — “Merrick Garland is a thoughtful jurist with impeccable credentials; if he can’t get bipartisan support no one can.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) — “The next justice could fundamentally alter the direction of the Supreme Court and have a profound impact on our country, so of course the American people should have a say in the Court’s direction. It is a president’s constitutional right to nominate a Supreme Court justice and it is the Senate’s constitutional right to act as a check on a president and withhold its consent.”

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Ia.), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee — “Today the president has exercised his constitutional authority. A majority of the Senate has decided to fulfill its constitutional role of advice and consent by withholding support for the nomination during a presidential election year, with millions of votes having been cast in highly charged contests.”

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) — “Sensible Republicans should give Judge Garland the fair treatment that a man of his qualifications deserves.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) — “This has never been about who the nominee is. It is about a basic principle. Under our Constitution, the president has every right to make this nomination, and the Senate has every right not to confirm a nominee. I fully support Leader McConnell and Chairman Grassley’s decision not to move forward with the confirmation process. We should let the American people decide the direction of the court.”

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch — “His impeccable credentials, steadfast fidelity to the law and firm devotion to the public interest make him an outstanding choice to sit on our nation’s highest court, where I am certain he will serve with integrity and wisdom. I strongly support the president’s choice and I urge Congress to approve Judge Garland’s nomination and fill this important position without delay.”

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) — “The Senate’s constitutionally defined role to provide advice and consent is as important as the president’s role in proposing a nominee, and I will assess Judge Merrick Garland based on his record and qualifications.”

Compiled by Laura Figueroa

Reaction to President Barack Obama’s nomination of U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court:

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) — “Merrick Garland is a thoughtful jurist with impeccable credentials; if he can’t get bipartisan support no one can.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) — “The next justice could fundamentally alter the direction of the Supreme Court and have a profound impact on our country, so of course the American people should have a say in the Court’s direction. It is a President’s constitutional right to nominate a Supreme Court justice and it is the Senate’s constitutional right to act as a check on a President and withhold its consent.”

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Ia.), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee — “Today the President has exercised his constitutional authority. A majority of the Senate has decided to fulfill its constitutional role of advice and consent by withholding support for the nomination during a presidential election year, with millions of votes having been cast in highly charged contests.”

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) — “Sensible Republicans should give Judge Garland the fair treatment that a man of his qualifications deserves.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) — “This has never been about who the nominee is. It is about a basic principle. Under our Constitution, the president has every right to make this nomination, and the Senate has every right not to confirm a nominee. I fully support Leader McConnell and Chairman Grassley’s decision not to move forward with the confirmation process. We should let the American people decide the direction of the court.”

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch — “His impeccable credentials, steadfast fidelity to the law and firm devotion to the public interest make him an outstanding choice to sit on our nation’s highest court, where I am certain he will serve with integrity and wisdom. I strongly support the President’s choice and I urge Congress to approve Judge Garland’s nomination and fill this important position without delay.”

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) — “The Senate’s constitutionally defined role to provide advice and consent is as important as the president’s role in proposing a nominee, and I will assess Judge Merrick Garland based on his record and qualifications.”

Compiled by Laura Figueroa

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