ACS President Caroline Fredrickson Lauds Former Sen. Coburn’s Call to Hold Vote on Merrick Garland

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Washington, D.C. –  Former Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) today called for the U.S. Senate to hold a vote, at least in the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.

American Constitution Society for Law and Policy President Caroline Fredrickson made the following statement:

“Sen. Coburn may be one of only a very few Republicans who think the Senate should do its job, but his new call for a vote on Chief Judge Merrick Garland is in line with the American people. The Constitution is clear. The president has fulfilled his duty by nominating Judge Garland. It is up to the Senate to fulfill its duty and give him a fair hearing and an up-or-down vote. We call on the Republican leaders in the Senate to follow Sen. Coburn's lead.”

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