WASHINGTON, DC – Wednesday, March 16, 2016 – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today released the following statement in response to President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court of the United States:
“President Obama and I strongly disagree on which direction to take our nation, and I believe that we should do everything in our power to block him from further damaging the future of America. Rather than nominating an individual who will preserve the conservative legacy of the late Antonin Scalia, President Obama is attempting to solidify his liberal agenda by drastically changing the direction of the Court for decades to come. This critical decision should be made after the upcoming presidential election so that the American people have a voice. I am adamantly opposed to any Senate action on President Obama’s nomination of Judge Garland to the Supreme Court, and I urge my conservative colleagues to join me.”
Note: On March 19, 1997, Senator Shelby opposed the nomination of Garland to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit.