Portman Statement on Supreme Court Vacancy

February 15, 2016 | Press Releases
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) issued the following statement on the current Supreme Court vacancy:
 
"We are in the midst of a presidential election and a vigorous debate within both political parties on the direction of the country, with the election less than nine months away.  I believe the best thing for the country is to trust the American people to weigh in on who should make a lifetime appointment that could reshape the Supreme Court for generations.  This wouldn't be unusual.  It is common practice for the Senate to stop acting on lifetime appointments during the last year of a presidential term, and it's been nearly 80 years since any president was permitted to immediately fill a vacancy that arose in a presidential election year. I have supported some of President Obama's federal court nominees and opposed others, based on their qualifications. Whether the next president is a Republican or Democrat, I will judge any nominee on the merits, as I always have.”