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Congressman Jerry McNerney

Representing the 9th District of California

Rep. McNerney Issues Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court Vacancy

Feb 15, 2016
Press Release

Washington – Today, Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) issued the following statement in response to the death of United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, and the resulting vacancy on the Court:

“With the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, the United States Supreme Court loses one of its finest conservative voices and interpreters of the Constitution. Filling this vacancy will certainly have a significant influence on the future direction of the Court. The Republican leadership in the U.S. Senate and the Republican presidential candidates are now demanding a delay in the process of confirming a new associate justice until after the presidential election, promising to deny any Obama appointee a confirmation hearing.

“The American people do not deserve this kind of obstructionism and hypocrisy. Let’s put this partisan divide aside and support the president’s duty to appoint a new justice. Once President Obama announces a nominee, the Senate should allow a fair hearing to proceed, followed by a vote on confirmation. We owe it to the founders of this great nation, and to all those who have fought over the centuries to protect our freedoms, to uphold the Constitution both on the battlefield and in Washington.”

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Rep. Jerry McNerney proudly serves the constituents of California’s 9th Congressional District that includes portions of San Joaquin, Contra Costa, and Sacramento Counties. For more information on Rep. McNerney’s work, follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @RepMcNerney.