March 16, 2016
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement today regarding President Obama’s nomination to the Supreme Court:
“While I will evaluate the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland, the next president should be the one to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. President Obama has worked to ram through his liberal agenda by way of executive actions, of which many are now tied up in the courts. This has created a situation where we need to be cautious as to who will fill the vacancy left behind by Justice Scalia. It makes the current presidential election all that more important as not only are the next four years in play, but an entire generation of Americans will be impacted by the balance of the court and its rulings. Sens. Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer and Harry Reid have all made statements that the Senate does not have to confirm presidential nominations in an election year. I will oppose this nomination as I firmly believe we must let the people decide the Supreme Court’s future.”
On Thursday, Inhofe spoke on the Senate floor about his intention to oppose a Supreme Court nomination during this presidential election cycle. Transcript and video are available by clicking here.