Washington D.C. (February 26, 2016) | Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) issued the following statement today after submitting a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell encouraging the Senate to stand firm in their decision to wait until after the next presidential election to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court:
“It is now in the hands of the Senate to confirm a new successor for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia – one armed with the highest integrity, exemplary character, and most noble commitment to the pursuit of justice, within the confines of the powers prescribed to the judicial branch by our Constitution.
“Since Congress has made it a top priority to reestablish the balance of Constitutional authority, we must not be rushed into this critical decision for political expediency, nor for the sake of the president’s political legacy. While some argue that this untimely vacancy creates a Constitutional crisis between the executive and legislative branches, we believe that our nation has already been in such a crisis, evidenced by frequent acts of executive overreach.
“Justice Scalia devoted his entire life to serving justice in accordance to the Constitution; and replacing this brilliant scholar is a weighty responsibility. The critical decisions facing our nation’s highest court will have a lasting impact on future generations, and will determine whether our nation stays true to the Constitutional republic our founders intended. As the future of our nation hangs in the balance, I urge Senate Majority Leader McConnell to hold fast to his promise of not confirming a successor until a new president takes office.”
Rep. Loudermilk’s full letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can be viewed here.