This morning, Vice President Joe Biden sent the following message to the White House email list, asking Americans to tune in at 12:30 p.m. ET, when he'll speak from Georgetown University Law Center about the very real implications the Supreme Court has for millions of Americans. Tune in here to watch his remarks. And if you didn't get the Vice President's message, sign up for email updates here.
Good morning, folks —
In a few hours, Iâ€™ll be heading over to Georgetown Universityâ€™s Law Center, where Iâ€™m going to speak to you about why itâ€™s so vitally important that Chief Judge Merrick Garlandâ€™s nomination gets the consideration our Constitution affords it.
Now, between all the back-and forth you hear from all sides, from pundits and from your own members of Congress, I know itâ€™s often hard to know whatâ€™s what in these political debates.
And thatâ€™s on all of us to fix. Our politics are clearly broken. But what we need to make sure right now is that Washingtonâ€™s dysfunction doesnâ€™t become a constitutional crisis.
At the end of the day, no matter your politics, this comes down to the simple but vital obligation that we all have to do our jobs.
Most Americans go to work every day understanding that theyâ€™ve got a job to do. There are days when you might not want to. But you donâ€™t have the luxury of simply deciding not to work because itâ€™s not convenient for you.
Neither should a United States Senator.
And right now, the United States Senate has a job to do. The Constitution has written a straightforward description of what that job calls for:
It says the President â€œshallâ€ appoint someone to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, with the Senateâ€™s â€œAdvice and Consent.â€
That includes consulting and voting. Voting in favor, or voting against â€“ but voting.
Saying nothing, seeing nothing, reading nothing, and hearing nothing is not an option.
In my 36 years in the United States Senate, the Constitution was always our guidepost. Which meant that every single Supreme Court nominee got a hearing, a committee vote, and a floor vote. Period.
If our Senators donâ€™t do that this time, it could be an entire year before the highest court in our nation is able to do its job the way the Constitution requires it to do.
Folks, this is important. And it affects every single one of us.
Vice President Joe Biden