Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Letter to NV Senator Dean Heller

Dear Senator Heller,

I am writing with reference to your letter of 17 March 2016 on the subject of President Obama's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

You wrote, "As your U.S. Senator, I have been clear that I believe the American people deserve the opportunity to have their voice heard, and I am ready to proceed once the people make that choice."

As I am sure you are aware, tens of millions of people--a majority of those who cast their votes--made a choice in November of 2012 that for the next four years, President Obama should be in a position to replace vacancies on the Supreme Court.  One of the things voters that year weighed when they went to the polls was the fact that for the next four years--not three, not three years and 10 months, but four--the President they elected would carry out this responsibility.

Could you kindly explain how your decision to refuse to consider the President's nominee until after January of next year is anything other than a slap in the face of millions of people who went to the polls in 2012 with a better understanding of the workings of American democracy than you or your party appear to possess?

Jeff Schauer

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