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Rep. Green: Wants ‘Rectification’ – Senate Must ‘Take Up’ Garland

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February 01, 2017

Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) says there should “be rectification for what happened to Merrick Garland” and is requesting the Senate take up former President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee so “that he too can receive justice.”

“This is not retaliation that I’m speaking of. This is not retaliation. This is rectification. There has to be rectification for what happened to Merrick Garland,” Green said on the House floor Wednesday.

“And rectification requires that the Senate take up Merrick Garland. I believe the American people want the Senate to take up Merrick Garland, so that he too can receive justice. So that this country can receive justice, so that the American people can receive justice.”

Senate Republicans refused to hold hearings on Garland, who was nominated 11 months before President Obama’s term ended. GOP Senators opted to wait until after the presidential election before holding hearings on a Supreme Court nominee.

Last night President Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

Some Democrats have vowed to fight the selection. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) vowed to stage a filibuster on the Senate floor even before the pick was announced.