WASHINGTON, DC — Today Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08), a key member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court:
“Merrick Garland is a highly-qualified nominee with an impeccable professional background and judicial temperament. His life’s journey is a classic embodiment of the American dream. Unfortunately, the Senate Majority Leader has promised obstruction. The failure to act on Judge Garland’s nomination would be a stunning abdication of responsibility by Senate Republicans.
President Obama has done his job. It is now time for Senate Republicans to conduct a hearing, hold an up-or-down vote and meet its obligations under the Constitution. Anything less would be a reckless act of legislative malpractice.”