March 29, 2016
Dear Senator McConnell and Senator Grassley,
The faith based organizations listed below call on the senate to do your job as mandated by the Constitution, and move quickly to conduct hearings and consider President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland.
The Constitution clearly assigns the president and the senate critical roles in the process of appointing new Supreme Court Justices. It states that the president “shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint...Judges of the Supreme Court.” The Constitution is clear the shared responsibility in the process. As people of faith, we urge you to respect and honor this process.
We understand and support an open democracy where all people’s rights are considered and we urge the Senators to do not just their legal responsibility, but their ethical responsibility to protect our democracy.
As representatives of many faith traditions, we hope and pray that you will execute your duties by holding a fair and impartial hearing for Judge Garland in accordance with the Constitution and rules of the senate, and take action according to your own morals and values.
In shared hope for our democracy,
National faith-based organizations
Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good
Conference of Major Superiors of Men
Franciscan Action Network
Leadership Conference of Women Religious
Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
National Council of Churches
NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
Pax Christi USA
River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Institute Justice Team
Unitarian Universalist Association