Senate should consider nomination of Garland
The U.S. Senate will convene after its summer vacation on Sept. 6. It’s time for them to consider the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. The Republican leadership wanted to wait until after the general election in November. If Hillary Clinton won, they would confirm Garland’s nomination in the lame-duck session prior to her taking office.
Every day it becomes more clear that Clinton will be elected president of the United States. Fifty Republican national security officials from previous administrations disavowed Donald Trump this week. More sitting Republican representatives and senators have repudiated his candidacy. Another Republican has announced an independent campaign and will take votes from Trump. Current polls show Clinton leading by 10 to 15 percent. States that previously overwhelmingly voted Republican are in contention and some show Clinton with a narrow lead.
A number of cases were left unsettled in the last session of the Supreme Court because of the tie vote. The Supreme Court convenes in October. It should have the full complement of judges (nine) so that issues argued in the coming session can be decided and resolved.
Sandra W. Myers