The Senate is not required to approve the President’s appointment outright, but it is bound to hold hearings in a reasonable attempt to vet the nominee. The denial of even a hearing for President Barack Obama’s nominee for the seat, Merrick Garland, at the time the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, was in defiance of the fundamental law of this country, and must not be allowed to stand.
Voters did not elect a president for a portion of a term in 2012. The timing of the appointment and the prospect of a tipping liberal influence on the Supreme Court is irrelevant. The Constitution does not allow McConnell to choose the timing of the appointment.
Warwick, RI – About 70 picketers attended Saturday’s protest at Warwick’s Hobby Lobby, organized within hours of the Supreme Court’s June 30 ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. allowing closely-held corporations to refuse paying for some forms of employees’ contraception on religious grounds.