CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. -- U.S. Repb. Nita M. Lowery, D-Westchester/Rockland, agrees with President Barack Obama and is urging her fellow congressional members to vote on the president's nomination of Merrick Garland for Supreme Court justice.
“Now it's time for the Senate to do its job. Anything less would blemish the prestige of our democracy,” Lowery said. “Merrick Garland, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, has the independence coupled with the credentials to be an excellent Supreme Court justice. Now that the president has fulfilled his constitutional duty by nominating Judge Garland to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, it's time for the Senate to do its job and quickly consider this qualified nominee. It's what the Constitution instructs, and it's what the American people deserve. Anything less would blemish the prestige of our democracy.”
Garland, 63, seems to possess the perfect Supreme Court nominee résumé. He attended Harvard College and Harvard Law School and clerked for Supreme Court Justice William Brennan before going to work in the Clinton Justice Department, where he oversaw the prosecutions of the Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and the Unabomber. Garland has served as the chief judge of the circuit since 2013.
Obama said during his nomination of Garland: “I’ve selected a nominee who is widely recognized not only as one of America’s sharpest legal minds, but someone who brings to his work a spirit of decency, modesty, integrity, even-handedness, and excellence."
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