This blog originally founded by Blogger who holds a theological degree and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Taught Psychology for 32 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Is a board-certified psychologist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in his profession. Ministered as a chaplain, and pastored Baptist and Episcopal churches. Publications cover the integration of psychology and theology. Served in the Army, the Merchant Marines and the Peace Corps.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Letter From Sen Tillis

Dear Dr.
Thank you for taking the time to contact me about the vacancy on the Supreme Court.  I appreciate hearing from you.
As you may know, on February 23, 2016, I signed a letter with my Republican colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee to inform the Majority Leader that we intend to exercise our Constitutional authority to withhold consent on any nominee submitted by this president to fill Justice Scalia's seat on the Supreme Court.  Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution is unequivocally clear:  the president has the authority to nominate judges to the Supreme Court, but the power to grant or withhold consent for the appointment of such nominee rests exclusively with the Senate.
Rarely does a Supreme Court vacancy occur during the final year of a presidential term.  The American people will have the unique opportunity to be directly involved in determining the direction of the Court by choosing the next president, and there is no doubt the people should be afforded this opportunity.
In 1992, then-Senate Judiciary Chairman Joe Biden understood that if the president "presses an election year nomination, the Senate Judiciary Committee should seriously consider not scheduling confirmation hearings on the nomination...until after the political campaign season is over."  Senator Biden's remarks remain entirely applicable in 2016.  Launching our nation into a partisan, divisive confirmation battle while the political season is underway would be unfair to the Senate, the nominee, and the American people.
Because the voters are already casting their ballots to elect the next president, the Senate Judiciary Committee intends to withhold consent and will not hold hearings on any Supreme Court nominee until the next president is sworn into office.  It is our goal to give the American people a voice in deciding who will be appointed to a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court and could outlast many future presidents and congresses.  This approach is wholly consistent with the Constitutional role for the Senate in the advice and consent process for nominees.
Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me.  Please do not hesitate to contact me again about other important issues.

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