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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Isakson Statement on Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee

'American people should have a voice in nomination process'

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today released the following statement regarding President Obama’s nominee to fill Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court:

 “As U.S. senators, we have the Constitutional obligation of advice and consent to the president’s nominations. I take this role very seriously because an appointment to the Supreme Court has a significant and lasting impact on the future of the Court and on our nation. The Constitution gives the responsibility of Supreme Court appointments to two branches of government, not just one. As a senator who has the duty of advice and consent, I believe the American people should have a voice in this process by allowing the next president to select and the next Senate to confirm Justice Scalia’s replacement.

“I agree with what Vice President Biden said when he was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee:

‘It would be our pragmatic conclusion that once the political season is under way - and it is - action on a Supreme Court nomination must be put off until after the election campaign is over. That is what is fair to the nominee and is central to the process. Otherwise, it seems to me we will be in deep trouble as an institution.’