Cornyn Responds to Attacks from Senate Democrats on Supreme Court Vacancy


In: All News   Posted 03/03/2016
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‘To have [Sen. Reid] come to the floor and lambaste the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and others in a very personal sort of way should be beneath the dignity of this body and of any Senator.’

‘Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee agreed in a united way to the same principle that our Democratic colleagues have argued for for decades: During an election year, a Supreme Court nominee should not be confirmed.’

WASHINGTON – In a speech on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) addressed the Supreme Court vacancy and the decision to let the American people have a say in who fills it this November. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his speech can be found here.

“The Democratic Leader, Senator Reid, clearly wants to apply a different set of rules when Republicans are in the majority than he did when Democrats were in the majority. That's really clear. You know, people may get lost in some of the arcane nature and the convoluted nature of the arguments we make on the floor, but the American people understand hypocrisy when they see it.”

“To have [Sen. Reid] come to the floor and lambaste the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and others in a very personal sort of way should be beneath the dignity of this body and of any Senator.”

“We actually have some important work to get done, and we will get it done on this Addiction and Recovery Act, the so-called CARA Act. But I want to make another point clear, that Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee agreed in a united way to the same principle that our Democratic colleagues have argued for for decades: During an election year, a Supreme Court nominee should not be confirmed.”

“We are not going to stand by and allow President Obama, on his way out the door as a lame-duck president, to change the balance of power on the Supreme Court for the next 25 or 30 years.”