Public Demands Senate #DoYour Job

Susan Macdonald

#DoYourJob is the hashtag that angry citizens are tweeting to the Senate. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he would not consider any nominee proposed by President Obama. The Atlantic explained that Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, led by McConnell, agreed not to hold hearings on any Supreme Court nominee that President Obama might suggest. If they keep this promise, the Supreme Court will be forced to function with only eight justices instead of nine for almost a year.

It is the president's constitutional right and responsibility to nominate a replacement for the late Antonin Scalia. The senate has the duty to advice the president upon this nomination and then either consent or decline his nomination.

According to Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution, the president "shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the Supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States."

"The petitioner needs five votes to overturn the judgment below, and it makes no difference whether the needed fifth vote is missing because it has been cast for the other side, or because it has not been cast at all."

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