March 11, 2016

Experts to Discuss the Significance of Public Confirmation Hearings for Supreme Court Nominees

Sen. Amy Klobuchar to give opening remarks

Paul Guequierre, Director of Communications, or (202) 393-6187

In the last 100 years, the Senate has provided an open process for considering Supreme Court nominees with a hearing and a vote. Public confirmation hearings are a particularly significant aspect of the process. It is during these hearings that the American public witnesses Senators asking Supreme Court nominees important questions about our Constitution. It is also how the American public meets the nominee, engages in the process, and decides for themselves whether the nominee is fit to serve on the highest court in the land.

On Tuesday, March 15 at 3:00 p.m., a panel of experts will discuss the Senate’s constitutional duty of advice and consent and why it is important that the next Supreme Court nominee receive an open confirmation hearing where significant issues of our constitutional democracy are discussed.


·         Introductory Remarks by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)

·         Moderator: Norman J. Ornstein, political scientist and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute

·         Dahlia Lithwick, Supreme Court Correspondent, Slate

·         Garrett Epps, contributing editor for The Atlantic and professor of constitutional law and creative writing at the University of Baltimore.

·         Kim Atkins, Washington Reporter and Columnist, Boston Herald

WHEN: Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

WHERE: Senate Visitors Center, First St NE, Room 201, Washington, DC 20515

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