In seeking to apply more pressure on U.S. lawmakers, Vice-President Joe Biden issued a statement prior to a scheduled speech at Georgetown University’s Law Center.
Biden noted that above the confusion, noise, and political debates regarding the nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court what is clear is that Garland ought to be given the consideration the constitution allows or provides for — a hearing.
“Our politics are clearly broken. But what we need to make sure right now is that Washington’s dysfunction doesn’t become a constitutional crisis,” said the Vice-President.
He said regardless of the politics practiced at the end of the day everyone has an obligation to their job.
He said, “Most Americans go to work every day understanding that they’ve got a job to do. There are days when you might not want to. But you don’t have the luxury of simply deciding not to work because it’s not convenient for you.”
Moreover, he noted that neither should a United States Senator failed in his or her obligation to perform the job he or she was elected to do.
“Right now, the United States Senate has a job to do. The Constitution has written a straightforward description of what that job calls for: It says the President “shall” appoint someone to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, with the Senate’s “Advice and Consent,” he argued.
He added that the lawmakers’ job included consulting and voting. “Voting in favor, or voting against – but voting.”
“Saying nothing, seeing nothing, reading nothing, and hearing nothing is not an option,” he said.
“In my 36 years in the United States Senate, the Constitution was always our guidepost. Which meant that every single Supreme Court nominee got a hearing, a committee vote, and a floor vote. Period,” he added.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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