Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Abrogation of Duty

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Abrogation of Duty

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I'd like to thank attorney Gregory Diskant ("If the Senate Fails to Act," April 12 Perpectives) for providing a compelling legal case for moving our government forward in spite of the U.S. Senate's intentional inaction on President Barack Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

Mr. Diskant provided the constitutional framework for what has seemed to me to be a very commonsense proposition; there must be real and significant consequences when the leadership of the Senate deliberately chooses to walk away from its constitutional duties.

President Obama has acted in good faith in upholding his own duties as chief executive by acting in a timely basis to provide an eminently qualified nominee for the current Supreme Court vacancy. When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced there would absolutely be no Senate consideration of the president's nominee, he was waiving the Senate's right to advise and consent. …

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