Durbin To Senate GOP: Do Your Job, Give Supreme Court Nominee A Hearing And A Vote

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today spoke on the Senate floor about Senate Republicans’ unprecedented obstruction of President Obama’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Merrick Garland. 176 days after the President’s nomination, Durbin once again called on Senate Republicans to fulfill their constitutional duty and give Judge Garland a hearing and a vote.
“On September 26th, the Court will hold the first conference of its new term, still with only eight justices.  The Senate has had plenty of time to fill the vacancy, but Senate Republicans have refused to do their job,” said Durbin. “Unlike any other Senate in the history of the United States – in the history of this country – the Senate Republicans have refused a President’s nominee to the Supreme Court a fair hearing and a vote. It’s shameful. The Senate is failing to do its job under the Constitution, and the Senate Republicans, by design, are responsible. Judge Garland, the Supreme Court, and the American people deserve better. The Senate should give Merrick Garland a hearing and a vote.”
Video of Durbin’s remarks on the Senate floor are available here.
Audio of Durbin’s remarks on the Senate floor is available here.
Footage of Durbin’s remarks on the Senate floor is available for TV Stations using FTP in high definition here and in standard definition here.