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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Mark Herring
Attorney General

202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219


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~ On President Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the United States Supreme Court ~

RICHMOND(March 16, 2016)-Attorney General Mark R. Herring issued the following statement on President Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the United States Supreme Court. Last week, Attorney General Herring joined 20 of his colleagues in writing the leadership of the U.S. Senate and the Senate Judiciary Committee urging them to fulfill their constitutional responsibility and consider a nominee as quickly as possible.


"The U.S. Supreme Court is one of our nation's most revered and important institutions. It should be beyond the kind of political games we have seen in recent weeks surrounding this nomination. In the last year alone, the Supreme Court has settled difficult and important questions related to healthcare, marriage equality, and housing discrimination, and in the near future they will decide important questions on women's healthcare, voting and redistricting, and immigration. I join my fellow state attorneys general, and millions of Americans across the country who understand the Supreme Court is too important for political games, in urging the Senate to take up Judge Garland's nomination. To refuse to even consider the nomination of a jurist with such impressive and extensive credentials, experience, and past bipartisan support is to sacrifice the Constitution in an unprecedented pursuit of political obstruction. The wheels of government and the proper functioning of the highest court in the land cannot simply grind to a halt for an entire year because the Senate is controlled by a different political party than the president."


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