Congresswoman Kelly Statement on the Appointment of Judge Merrick Garland for the U.S. Supreme Court
President Obama's choice of Chicago-native Judge Merrick Garland as his nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court gives Congress the opportunity to fill this crucial vacancy with a jurist of unparalleled experience and legal acumen. Garland has proven himself to be one of the best appellate judges in the country and his track record as a consensus builder has earned him bipartisan praise throughout his career. He withstood the scrutiny of Congress before, being confirmed to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals with overwhelming support from both sides of the aisle. Once again, Congress has a constitutional responsibility to give Garland the fair hearing that he deserves and that the American people expect. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to hold a timely hearing and vote on Garland's nomination.