FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 21, 2020
Calls for U.S. Senate to Take Up Vote on Next Supreme Court Nominee
Concord, NH – New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Stephen Stepanek released the following statement today following the tragic death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the resulting Supreme Court vacancy:
“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing is a loss for the nation. Together, we both mourn her death and celebrate her life and career as a trailblazer for all Americans, particularly young women, overcoming all obstacles in place before her. We send our condolences to the Ginsburg family.
“Now, Senator Jeanne Shaheen and the U.S. Senate must uphold their constitutional duty, as specified in Article 2, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, to take up and vote on the next Supreme Court nominee. As Senator Shaheen previously stated, ‘Without question, the American people expect us to do our jobs.’
“This notion was further upheld after American re-elected and expanded the Republican majority in the Senate in 2016 and 2018. The Senate’s obligation to Americans must be fulfilled.”
“Today, the President fulfilled his constitutional responsibility. Now it’s the Senate’s turn. Every Senator swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution and that oath applies to election years and nonelection years alike. Without question, the American people expect us to do our jobs. The Senate has a longstanding bipartisan tradition of giving fair consideration to Supreme Court nominees and I will continue to honor that tradition. I look forward to meeting Judge Garland in the near future, and reviewing his qualifications.” - Senator Shaheen, March of 2016