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Letter: Congresswoman Esty Calls For Hearings On Supreme Court Nomination

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty issued this statement, following President Obama's nomination of the Honorable Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy on the United States Supreme Court.
U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty issued this statement, following President Obama's nomination of the Honorable Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy on the United States Supreme Court. Photo Credit: House Democrats

DANBURY, Conn. -- The Danbury Daily Voice accepts signed letters to the editor. Send signed letters under 350 words to Danbury@dailyvoice.com. Congresswoman Etsy represents Danbury and Newtown, among other communities in the Fifth District.

To the editor:

In 1997, the Senate confirmed Judge Garland to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals with broad, bipartisan support. Since then, he has served with extraordinary distinction, rising to become the Court of Appeals' chief judge and earning the respect of lawyers, judges and litigants across the full political spectrum for his steadfast objectivity and outstanding legal mind.

On a personal note, I have known Judge Garland for 30 years and know that he has not only the intellectual rigor but the character and temperament to serve the country with distinction on the nation's highest court, just as he has served with honor and distinction on the Court of Appeals.

With each day that we allow Justice Scalia's seat to remain unfilled, we are hamstringing our nation's most important judicial body from carrying out its duties. For Sen. Mitch McConnell and his colleagues to pledge inaction and deliberately obstruct the functioning of the Supreme Court until the day a more favorable political climate presents itself goes beyond ordinary obstruction. It is a threat to our judicial system, an affront to our Constitution and anathema to the bedrock principle of separation of powers. Now that there is actually a nominee to consider, and an extraordinarily worthy one at that, I hope they will reverse course.

Supreme Court appointments should not be treated as political footballs. The Court and its members form the bedrock of a system of justice that Congress should be working to build up, not obstruct. The Senate should uphold its constitutional responsibility to conduct hearings on Judge Merrick's appointment and hold a vote on his confirmation on the Senate floor. Justice delayed is justice denied.

Rep. Elizabeth Esty

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