To: The United States Senate
Senate: Do your job
Do your constitutional duty. Confirm a highly qualified Supreme Court nominee.
Why is this important?
It is the president's constitutional authority to nominate justices to the Supreme Court. And it is the Senate's constitutional role to "advise and consent."
Nowhere in the Constitution is the Senate asked to play partisan games of endless, senseless obstructionism. Outrageously, just hours after the news of Justice Antonin Scalia's death, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that President Obama should not have the opportunity to appoint a justice to the high court.
Leaving the seat vacant would create uncertainty, cause real harm to countless Americans, and abdicate the Senate's job under our Constitution to give fair consideration to Supreme Court nominees. The Senate must heed its constitutional responsibility to advise and consent to a highly qualified Supreme Court nominee.