February 13, 2022 – Washington – In a meeting at the White House, Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee met with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to discuss Supreme Court vacancy.
“As former chairman of the Judiciary Committee, President Biden takes the Senate’s role as ‘counsel’ very seriously — and I appreciate his desire to seek the input of senators on the Committee as he considers nominees for the Senate. vacancy in the Supreme Court. During today’s meeting, I reaffirmed that regardless of the nominee, the Committee process will be fair and timely. Senators will have the opportunity to carefully review the nominee’s case, and the nominee will be treated with respect and receive a prompt confirmation vote. We owe it not just to the candidate, but to the American people,” Durbin said.
“We had a productive consultation with President Biden today regarding the upcoming Supreme Court vacancy. President Biden and I are both former chairmen of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and understand at how important it is for the President to consult with the Senate throughout this process,” said Leahy. “I commend President Biden for seeking our advice early on. I am confident he will appoint a bright and talented black woman who will excel as a judge and ensure that the Court better reflects our richly diverse nation.
“I was delighted to discuss President Biden’s plans to select a talented, highly qualified, and historic nominee to the Supreme Court,” said Whitehouse. “The President is firmly committed to selecting a nominee with a strong commitment to our Constitution and its guarantee of equal justice, as well as a solid understanding of the daily challenges that Americans face. I was also happy to discuss the attacks on President Biden’s still-unnamed nominee among Republicans and the same right-wing black money groups that packed the Supreme Court under Donald Trump. It is essential to denounce these attacks as a bad faith effort to distract from what Justice Sotomayor calls the “stench” of partisanship that pervades the Supreme Court. »
“Confirming a Supreme Court justice is one of the most important responsibilities of the United States Senate,” said Klobuchar. “During today’s meeting with President Biden, my colleagues and I reiterated our support for a speedy process while ensuring that each candidate receives thorough consideration based on their experience, character and of his loyalty to the Constitution and the rule of law. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in the Senate and the President throughout this process.”
“It was a pleasure to join President Biden and my Senate colleagues at the White House this evening to discuss the current Supreme Court vacancy,” Coons said. “As former Judiciary Committee Chairman, President Biden knows the skills, qualifications and temperament we need on the Supreme Court and on the federal benches across the country – which is why he had a record number of justices in his first year. More than ever, I look forward to President Biden’s announcement of a historic nominee and am working with my colleagues to quickly confirm an exceptionally qualified jurist to the Supreme Court.
“I was honored to join my colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee to meet with President Biden as he considers this historic Supreme Court nomination. I shared my hope that he will appoint a justice who has a deep integrity and energetic intelligence. I would like to see a candidate who can understand and appreciate the real consequences of the Court’s actions and whose intellectual curiosity and strength of character allow her to evolve. We are so lucky that the American legal community includes so many black women who embody these characteristics, and I look forward to considering one of their appointments when President Biden makes his decision,” said Blumenthal.
“I am confident that President Biden will soon appoint an exceptionally qualified, fair and impartial black woman. I made it clear to President Biden that we need a Supreme Court that truly reflects America, and naming the first black woman would help make that a reality. This is a lifetime appointment, so we also need a justice who will not join the Conservative majority in rolling back precedent and the constitutional rights of all,” Hirono said.
“It was an honor to join members of the Senate Judiciary Committee today to meet with President Biden as he prepares to announce his historic Supreme Court nominee,” Booker said. “The next Supreme Court Justice should commit to protecting and advancing the rights of all Americans – from the rights of women to make their own medical decisions, to the rights of workers to organize, to protecting the right voting and upholding the principle of equal justice under the law. Once President Biden makes his announcement, I look forward to working with the administration and other committee members to expeditiously review the nominee and confirm the first black woman to the United States Supreme Court.
“I commend President Biden for his commitment to building a federal justice system that reflects the diversity of the country he serves, including appointing the first black woman in history to serve on the Supreme Court,” said Padilla. “Today, I reiterated the importance of filling this vacancy in a thoughtful and timely manner for the President and Vice President. As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I look forward to quickly confirming a highly qualified who is committed to upholding and protecting constitutional values in the highest court in the land.
“Today I met with President Biden and Vice President Harris to consult on the next Supreme Court nomination,” said Osoff. “I said I look forward to seeing President Biden’s nominee before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where I will exercise my constitutional duties of advice and consent with diligence and care.”
“I was disappointed to miss tonight’s meeting at the White House, but I think the President is doing the right thing by seeking input from a number of senators from both parties regarding the nomination for the Supreme Court,” he added. said Feinstein. “I have spoken with the White House and am confident that President Biden will select a candidate with excellent credentials who will be extremely well qualified to serve on our highest court.”
Source: Senator Dianne Feinstein