From the office of U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski:
MIKULSKI CALLS ON SENATE AND PRESIDENT TO FULFILL CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY TO FILL VACANCY ON SUPREME COURT
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) today issued the following statement calling on the Senate and President Obama to fulfill their Constitutional duty to fill the vacancy on the United States Supreme Court:
“Barack Obama is our President until January 20, 2017. The American people elected him to a four year term. I’m shocked that Senate Republicans are only giving him a three year term.
“President Obama has the Constitutional authority and responsibility to submit a nomination to fill the vacancy left with Justice Scalia’s passing. He has a constitutional obligation to exercise that authority.
“We must look to the Constitution and live by the Constitution. The Senate should fulfill its Constitutional duty by holding a timely hearing on the President’s nominee and a vote on the Senate floor.
“I will carefully evaluate President Obama’s nominee and render an independent judgement. My vote will reflect my commitment to core Constitutional principles.”