Cornyn: American People Should Decide Future of Supreme Court


In: All News   Posted 03/08/2016
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‘Depending on who ultimately fills this vacancy next year, the next Supreme Court justice could tip the ideological direction of the Court for a generation.’

WASHINGTON – In a speech on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) addressed the importance of letting the American people have a voice in who selects the next Supreme Court justice this November. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his speech can be found here.

“At the end of a lame-duck Democratic President's time in the White House, all three of these individuals – the Vice President; the Democratic Leader, Senator Reid; the heir apparent to the Democratic leadership, Senator Schumer – all three of them are quick to criticize Republicans on the Judiciary Committee, insisting that different principles ought to apply.  But that's hypocritical. It's the height of hypocrisy.”

“But this is more than just about hypocrisy. This is really about an important principle. It's important to allow the voters, in choosing the next President of the United States, make that decision and make sure their voice is heard rather than just 100 members of the Senate.”

“It's absolutely clear to me that Senate Republicans stand firmly behind the idea that the people should have a say in this critical issue … when they vote in November because there is a lot at stake here. A lot. Depending on who ultimately fills this vacancy next year, the next Supreme Court justice could tip the ideological direction of the Court for a generation.”

“Given President Obama's previous Supreme Court nominees, the question before the American people is whether they want someone with the same or similar ideology to dramatically change the current balance on the Supreme Court.”

“So at this critical juncture in our nation's history, the American people should have a voice in deciding who selects the next justice on the Supreme Court.”