Obama hammers GOP over Supreme Court vacancy – By Jesse Byrnes – 04/30/16 06:00 AM EDT


President Obama is pressing Senate Republicans to hold a hearing for his Supreme Court pick Merrick Garland more than a month after he nominated the judge.

“It’s now been 45 days since I nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court,” Obama said in his weekly address Saturday.

“But so far, most Senate Republicans have refused to even meet with Judge Garland. Which means they’ve also refused to do their job and hold a hearing on his nomination, or an up-or-down vote.”

The president needled Republicans for having “found time to head home for recess over the next week” even as they refuse to act on the nomination.

“For over 40 years, there’s been an average of 67 days between a nomination and a hearing.  This time should be no different,” Obama said.

Senate Republicans have vowed not to take up Garland’s nomination this year, saying that the Supreme Court vacancy should be filled after the election.

Still, Democrats and outside groups maintain they have momentum in the Supreme Court fight, citing polls showing support for a hearing.

Fourteen Senate Republicans have met or will meet Garland by the end of the upcoming week. Most though have said they are unswayed.

“There is absolutely no reason for Republican Senators to deny him the basic courtesy of a hearing and a vote – the same courtesy that has been extended to others,” Obama said in his address.

“This refusal to treat a Supreme Court nomination with the seriousness it deserves is what makes people so cynical about Washington,” he added.

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