Today marks 100 days since President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court – and 100 days that Senate Republicans have denied Garland a vote.
Since 1980, every single Supreme Court appointee has been given a vote within 100 days:
And there’s no stronger proof that Senate Republicans’ unprecedented, anti-democratic obstructionism is having a harmful effect on the country than yesterday’s Supreme Court deadlock on President Obama’s immigration plan.
That 4-4 deadlock – a result of there being only 8 justices currently serving on the Supreme Court – leaves 5 million undocumented immigrants in limbo, unprotected from deportation and still unable to legally work in the United States. According to experts, with Garland on the court that decision would likely have sided with President Obama.
We noted the potential for this very outcome in March:
If there’s no replacement for Justice Scalia until the inauguration of the next president, the highest court in the land is effectively hindered for two terms. In the likely event of a 4-4 tie, the lower court’s decision is upheld but is not considered binding precedent. That means that countless important cases – and lives – will remain in limbo if Senate Republicans succeed in their attempt to undermine the Constitution.
Senate Republicans still have time to avoid setting another horrible record, making history as the only Senators to ever completely refuse to consider a president’s Supreme Court nominee. You can fight back by signing the petition demanding that Senate Republicans stop their obstruction, and hold hearings and an up-or-down vote on Judge Merrick Garland’s confirmation.