WASHINGTON, March 16, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ) said today the U.S. Senate should not take any action on President Obama's nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia until after the presidential election.
"We are in the middle of a critical election and it's important that Americans have a voice in filling the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court," said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ. "We continue to urge the U.S. Senate to delay any confirmation hearings for a Supreme Court nominee until the presidential election is concluded and a new president is in office. While the Constitution assigns to the president the role of naming a nominee to the high court, it vests in the Senate a co-equal role in this vital process: No nominee may be confirmed without the Senate's 'advice and consent.' It is the Senate that has the constitutional right to act – or take no action at all – on a president's nominee. We call on the Senate to follow through on its promise – no confirmation proceedings until after the election. It's the correct course of action based soundly on constitutional principles, historic precedent and prudence."
The ACLJ has heard from more than 175,000 Americans urging the Senate to put-off any confirmation proceedings until after the election.
Led by Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the American Center for Law & Justice focuses on constitutional law, religious liberty, and pro-life issues and is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and online at aclj.org.
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