- WHAT IS THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONNECTION BETWEEN VOTING AND FILLING SUPREME COURT VACANCIES?
- WHERE CAN WE FIND THE “BIDEN RULE” IN THE CONSTITUTION?
- WHERE IN THE CONSTITUTION DOES IT LIMIT THE POWER OF THE PRESIDENT IN THE LAST YEAR OF HIS SECOND TERM?
Millions of American voters elected Barack Obama to serve two terms representing their interests and will. An important part of serving the American people is nominating replacements for open seats on the U.S. Supreme Court. Recently we lost Justice Antonin Scalia leaving a seat open. Today President Obama nominated Chief Judge Merrick Garland to be a justice on the Supreme Court. “Garland is the chief judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1997. A former clerk for Justice William Brennan, he’s served in private practice and at the Justice Department.
Garland, 63, was confirmed by a 76-23 vote. Obama previously considered him for the seats that ultimately went to Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.”