Senate Must Act on Garland’s Nomination to SCOTUS
On Wednesday, March 16, 2016, President Obama nominated of DC Circuit Court Judge Merrick Garland to fill the open seat on the Supreme Court previously held by the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
In response, the American Sustainable Business Council released a statement urging the Senate to act on Judge Garland’s nomination:
“America faces a number of structural challenges, from rising inequality to falling productivity, from climate change to dysfunctional political and civic institutions. These questions need to be answered so we can preserve what is best about the power of markets while addressing the growing problems in our current system. Many of those questions are coming to the Supreme Court, and it is essential that we have a court that can make decisions that will stand as precedent.
“Our view is that the American people, in electing senators and a president, have made their views known. We believe they can—and should—continue to do so during the nomination process. But for the sake of solving these pressing issues facing the business community, we call on the Senate to begin the nomination process required under the Constitution, give the president’s nominee a fair hearing, and ultimately, cast an up-or-down vote.
“At this time we do not take a position on Judge Garland as a nominee. As with many other observers, we hope to learn more about his positions on crucial issues like the environment, campaign finance, and others in open, public hearings. However, it is clear to us that the Constitution requires action from the president and the Senate when a seat on any court is vacant. A seat on the Supreme Court is vacant. It must be filled.”