Edited by Nelly T.
President Barack Obama will discuss his Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland with faculty and students on Thursday as he visits the University of Chicago Law School.
A White House source confirms Mr. Obama’s intentions to make his case for Garland and touch on the Senate’s constitutional responsibility to give a fair hearing to a qualified nominee.
It was in March while at a White House Rose Garden ceremony that President Obama nominated the fellow Chicago native to the Supreme Court.
Republication lawmakers are pushing to block Mr. Obama’s nomination until a new president is elected next year. After Merrick Garland was nominated, he received a call from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that the Senate would not move forward with the confirmation process.
“I simply ask Republicans in the Senate to give him a fair hearing, and then an up-or-down vote,” The President declared during his nomination announcement. “If you don’t, then it will not only be an abdication of the Senate’s constitutional duty, it will indicated a process for nominating and confirming judges that is beyond repair.”
Last Tuesday Garland met with Illinois Republican Senator Mark Kirk and visited with Illinois Democratic Senator Dick Durbin on Wednesday.
“We need open-minded, ration, responsible people to…make sure the process works,” Kirk announced to reporters in his Senate office before Tuesday’s meeting.