Mulvaney Defends Senate's Decision to Not Consider SCOTUS Nominee

Statement

Date: March 16, 2016
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Judicial Branch

Representative Mulvaney released the following statement:

"Today the President announced his nomination to fill the Supreme Court justice vacancy created by the death of Antonin Scalia. I've given a good bit of thought to whether or not the Senate should take up consideration of the nominee. After some research, it seems that the political precedent -- established by ALL political parties (even those that pre-date modern Democrats and Republicans) -- is that the Senate, under a divided government, does not take up such consideration in an election year. I have no problem with the Senate following their own precedent here, and I will defend their decision to not take up confirmation hearings. The right to nominate for the vacancy should -- as it has for 200 years -- fall to the incoming President."


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