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Hispanic Caucus on Judge Merrick Garland’s Nomination

Mar 16, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC- Representative Linda Sánchez (CA-38), Chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, today released the following statement on the nomination of U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit Judge Merrick Garland to the United States Supreme Court:

“President Obama has fulfilled his constitutional obligation by nominating Chief Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court of the United States. It is now time for the Senate to fulfill its constitutional responsibility and consider the president’s nominee. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus urges swift and thoughtful consideration of Chief Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination.

“I would also like to remind my Senate Republican colleagues that the American people – including 11.2 million Latinos who voted in the 2012 election – do have a voice in this nomination. The American people expressed their will when they overwhelmingly reelected President Obama to a second full term – with the understanding that if a vacancy occurred, it is part of the President’s duty to nominate a Supreme Court Justice. If Senate Republicans fail to meet with and hold a hearing on Judge Garland’s nomination, it will disenfranchise the voices of millions of Americans.

“The vacancy before us is one that is critically important for Latinos living in the United States.  There are several cases before the Supreme Court this year and without a ninth Justice, the Latino community has so much to lose. The President has fulfilled his obligation, now all eyes are on the Senate to do the same.”