Earlier today, Senate Judiciary Democrats received a completed questionnaire from Supreme Court Justice nominee Merrick Garland and urged Senate Republicans to review the questionnaire and hold hearings and a vote on Judge Garland’s nomination. The questionnaire is a standard part of the vetting process for judicial nominees, and Garland’s answers detail his employment history, all of the opinions he has written for the court and his pro bono work, among other information. Notably, Garland mentions in the questionnaire that that none of the opinions he has authored have been reversed—either by the D.C. Circuit court sitting en banc or the Supreme Court of the United States.
Despite President Obama nominating Merrick Garland nearly two months ago and Garland’s many qualifications, Senate Republicans are continuing their unprecedented obstruction of the U.S. Supreme Court nomination process. On the day of Justice Scalia’s death, Republican leadership announced that they would evade their duty and not hold hearings for President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee and have continued to stand by that pledge.
Just last month, the LGBT community marked the one-year anniversary of oral arguments in the historic Supreme Court marriage equality case Obergefell v. Hodges. Cases like Obergefell serve as a reminder of the impact decisions made by the Supreme Court can have on the daily lives of LGBT Americans and the importance of confirming a ninth Justice to the Supreme Court.
HRC is committed to ending the obstruction of the judicial confirmation process, and earlier this year, HRC joined dozens of progressive advocacy organizations around the country for the #DoYourJob National Day of Action to urge Senate Republicans to fulfill their constitutional obligation and hold confirmation hearings for Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court. In addition, last week, HRC hosted a call for LGBT and allied organizations to provide an update on the status of Garland’s nomination, what's at stake for the LGBT community and ways that groups can help advance the nomination. You can sign HRC’s petition calling on Senator Mitch McConnell to stop playing politics and to fulfill his constitutional obligation here.