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Sen. Ayotte And Her Fellow Republican Obstructionists Plan To Block All SCOTUS Nominee’s

US Supreme Court BuildingTo absolutely nobody’s surprise, Senator Kelly Ayotte and her fellow obstructionists in the U.S. Senate have stated they will not approve any nominations to the Supreme Court until after the 2016 Presidential elections.

The country was shocked to hear the news that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s passed away in his sleep while visiting a West Texas Ranch.

The 79 year old Scalia was most notably known for his extremely right wing views and tried to push the Supreme Court to repeal a woman’s right to choose, a workers rights to organize, and opposed the Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

Now not even three days after Scalia’s death the Republicans in the Senate are vowing to block any of President Obama’s nominees.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said:

“The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President.”

As Majority Leader and Minority Leader, Senator McConnell has made it his legacy to block as many of President Obama’s nominees. Republicans in the Senate have been blocking the nomination of Adam Szubin, to be the Treasury Department’s Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Crimes, for over 300 days now. McConnell and his cohorts blocked the nomination of Attorney General Loretta Lynch for over five months.

In a recent speech on the floor of the Senate, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen tore into Republicans for blocking key national security nominations.

  • Azita Raji, Ambassador to Sweden, has waited 398 days
  • Samuel Heins, Ambassador to Norway, has waited 265 days
  • Brian Egan, principal advisor to the State Department and the Secretary of State, has waited 384 days
  • Ambassador Tom Shannon, Undersecretary for Political Affairs at the State Department, has waited 135 days

 

McConnell is not alone. My Senator, Kelly Ayotte, has jumped head first into the shallow pool with her Senate companions.

“We’re in the midst of a consequential presidential election year, and Americans deserve an opportunity to weigh in given the significant implications this nomination could have for the Supreme Court and our country for decades to come. I believe the Senate should not move forward with the confirmation process until the American people have spoken by electing a new president.”

What a ridiculous statement by Republicans in the Senate. They are willing to stop the highest and most important court in the nation for over a year on the bet that they will win the Presidential election. They are also assuming that they will win the election. I am sure President Trump would nominate a real scholar like Gov. Sarah Palin or Rep Michelle Bachmann.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid disagrees with his fellow Senators and released this pointed statement:

“The President can and should send the Senate a nominee right away. With so many important issues pending before the Supreme Court, the Senate has a responsibility to fill vacancies as soon as possible. It would be unprecedented in recent history for the Supreme Court to go a year with a vacant seat. Failing to fill this vacancy would be a shameful abdication of one of the Senate’s most essential Constitutional responsibilities.”

Time Magazine looked into Reid’s claim of being “unprecedented” and found it to be mostly true.

Gov. Maggie Hassan, Ayotte’s major opponent for her Senate seat, blasted Ayotte in a written statement:

“Failing to take up a Supreme Court nomination is a complete abdication of the Senate’s constitutional duty. Senator Ayotte’s decision to put her party leaders ahead of our country is a sad reflection of just how wrong her priorities are and how broken Washington has become.”

With the Supreme Court down a member how will this affect the current cases before them?

What will happen to the national right to work case, Friedrichs v California Teachers Association?   Does this mean the Supreme Court will come to a split decision? If that happens the California Supreme Court ruling, upholding the union’s right to charge agency fees, would be the final decision, which is exactly what the LA Times is reporting will happen.

The actions of Sen. McConnell and Sen. Ayotte epitomize everything that is wrong with Washington politicians. Putting their partisan priorities over the needs of We the People.

No, we cannot wait for a new President to appoint another Supreme Court Justice.

Of course if that does happen I hope President Clinton or President Sanders appoints Former President Obama.

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Required Reading for today:

Untold story: How Scalia’s death blew up an anti-union group’s grand legal strategy http://fw.to/Spe4vjR from the LA Times

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