Fattah Statement on Supreme Court Vacancy

Feb 16, 2016, 13:31 ET from Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) issued the following statement on the Supreme Court vacancy following the unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia:

"I firmly believe it is President Obama's constitutional right and duty to swiftly nominate a new justice to fill the vacant court seat.  Leaving a Supreme Court seat empty for more than 10 months would be unprecedented.

"Further, it is the Senate's obligation to complete a timely confirmation process.  Less than 30 years ago, President Reagan appointed Justice Anthony Kennedy to the court near the end of his term, and he was subsequently confirmed in a Presidential election year by a unanimous Senate vote. This year should be no different."


SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah