Two polls released this week overwhelmingly found that the country wants Congress to move forward with voting on a Supreme Court nominee. According to Pew Research, the majority of Americans (56%) believe the Senate should hold hearings and vote on President Obama’s choice to fill the vacancy. Fewer than four in ten (38%) say the Senate should not hold hearings until the next president selects a court nominee.
Public Policy Polling found that the majority of voters in Ohio (58/35) and Pennsylvania (57/40) think that the vacant seat on the Supreme Court should be filled this year. Independent voters in both states overwhelmingly think that a new Justice should be named this year – showing that the key block of swing voters have no tolerance for obstructionism on this vacancy.
In their effort to obstruct President Obama, Republicans are trying to argue that voters want to delay the process of filling this vacancy until the next presidential election. But voters already made their voices heard in 2008 and 2012 with the election of Barack Obama. And this polling data just confirms what we already knew: that what the American people want right now is for Congress to do their jobs and stop the obstruction.
Senate Republicans took an oath just like Senate Democrats did, and abandoning the duties they swore to uphold undermines the Constitution and threatens our democracy. The fact that Republicans are trying to change the rules for political gain just shows how little respect they have for the President, the Court, and their responsibilities as elected officials.
TODAY at 2:00PM ET: Media Call with House Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra, CAPAC Chairwoman Judy Chu, Congressman Ruben Gallego & Javier Gamboa of the Texas Democratic Party, to Discuss What’s at Stake for Immigration Policy in Filling the Supreme Court Vacancy
This week, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) launched a new media campaign, #FillTheSeat, to explain why it’s critical for Republican Senators to allow a vote on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. All week, the DNC will highlight how the Republican obstruction of the Supreme Court vacancy affects every American through a different issue.
Today, we will focus on the implications for immigration policy, including the impact on the DACA/DAPA decision from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Many families’ lives hang in the balance, including the millions of immigrants who have benefitted from President Obama’s executive action.
WHO: House Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chairwoman Judy Chu, Congressman Ruben Gallego & Javier Gamboa of the Texas Democratic Party
WHAT: Media Call to discuss immigration policy and the Supreme Court
WHEN: 2:00PM ET TODAY
WHERE: RSVP to Rachel Palermo, PalermoR@DNC.org for dial-in information