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The 2016-17 Supreme Court vacancy
MERRICK GARLAND: 638 EDITORIALS BY OVER 300 EDITORIAL BOARDS IN EVERY STATE & DC URGE SENATE TO HOLD A HEARING AND VOTE ON NOMINEE TO FILL SUPREME COURT VACANCY – STATE BY STATE LINKS/EXCERPTS (as of October 13, 2016)
16 Environmental Organizations (including Defenders of Wildlife) Call on Senate to Hold Up or Down Vote on Supreme Court Nominee, Merrick Garland (07/15/16)
MERRICK GARLAND: OVER 60 NEWSPAPER EDITORIAL BOARDS THAT ENDORSED REPUBLICAN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2008, 2012, OR BOTH, URGE SENATE HEARING AND VOTE ON OBAMA NOMINEE TO FILL SUPREME COURT VACANCY – STATE BY STATE LINKS/EXCERPTS (as of June 14, 2016) (06/14/16)
UPDATED: FILLING SUPREME COURT VACANCY: LINKS/ EXCERPTS for
17 National Environmental Groups (including Defenders of Wildlife) CEOs' Letter to Sens. McConnell & Reid on Filling the Supreme Court Vacancy (03/08/16)
"President Obama has announced that he will nominate a replacement for the vacancy on the Supreme Court bench left by the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, and we believe the President has a clearly prescribed constitutional responsibility to do so. On behalf of our millions of members and supporters, we call on the United States Senate to commit to doing its job by conducting fair confirmation hearings and holding a timely vote on that nominee.... There is ample precedent for a nominee to be confirmed in election years, even when the Senate and White House are controlled by opposite political parties. Willful obstructionism is simply a dereliction of duty, .... For the protection of our air, water, wildlife and lands, a strong and intact judiciary system is as important as ever."
Defenders of Wildlife and others signed letter from 82 Organizations Condemning GOP Judiciary Committee Members’ Unprecedented Obstruction on SCOTUS Vacancy and Urging Them to Uphold the Constitution (02/26/16)
The Supreme Court interprets what federal laws and regulations mean, and is the ultimate judge of whether the Constitution authorizes or prohibits a range of local, state, and federal government activities.
What's At Stake
US Supreme Court decisions are potentially definitive on many critically important issues, including the following:
Environmental Protections Require Fair Independent Replacement for Stevens (American Constitution Society Blog, 04/13/10)
Look Beyond Constitutional Interpretation When Picking Judges (American Constitution Society Blog, 12/22/08)