Congressman Jim Himes Reacts to U.S. Supreme Court Nomination

President Barack Obama will nominate Merrick Garland to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. Garland currently is the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. (MGFX/U.S. Court of Appeals)

Washington, D.C. (WTNH) – Connecticut lawmakers are reacting to President Obama’s nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Today, Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04) weighed in.

“This morning, President Obama nominated Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. The President has done his job, and now it’s time for the Senate to act. The Senate Majority, however, has stated that it will not consider Chief Judge Garland’s nomination regardless of qualification or the Senate’s constitutional obligation.

“The American people rightly expect that the President’s nominee will receive fair and proper consideration. Crippling the Supreme Court’s functionality because of partisan politics is a shortsighted maneuver that harms our nation. I believe the confirmation process should start as quickly as possible for Chief Judge Garland.”

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