AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has some harsh words for Republicans who have vowed to obstruct the Constitution and block any Supreme Court nomination by President Obama until after the 2016 Presidential Election.
“The Supreme Court is not a game and the Constitution is not a toy,” stated Trumka in a press release earlier this week.
Trumka continued, “The stated intent of Senate Republican leaders to refuse consideration of a Supreme Court nominee is an appalling breach of their constitutional responsibilities.”
“At this time Republican leaders in and out of the Senate must act as U.S. leaders, regardless of party affiliation. The American people do not want them to politicize such a vital responsibility. They want them to carry out their constitutional duty to their country.”
In the video Trumka says it is time for Republicans to “Do Your Job.”
“We don’t just do the parts of the job that we like. Or only work with people we like. Or choose when to show up on the job.”
Failure to appoint a new Supreme Court Justice could send the national into legal chaos. If the Supreme Court ends up in a deadlocked tie, 4-4, then the lower courts ruling would stand. In the case of Friedrichs v California Teachers Association this would mean that the California Supreme Court ruling against Friedrichs would stand.
The same thing could happen if the court ends in a tie over the constitutionality of President Obama’s Executive Order stopping deportations, the Texas Supreme Court unconstitutional ruling would stand.
The chaos comes when two different lower court districts have challenged the same law and has resulted in two different rulings. This would mean that what is constitutional in California would be deemed unconstitutional in Texas.
We need to fill the vacancy left by the untimely death of Antonin Scalia as soon as possible. The US Senate has a duty to vet nominees quickly so the Supreme Court can do it’s job.
It is time for the Senate to #DoYourJob.