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Post date: March 16 2016

Statement by A.G. Schneiderman on Nomination of Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court

NEW YORK—Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued the following statement on the decision by President Obama to nominate Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court:

"Today, President Obama did his job and announced a highly qualified nominee in Judge Merrick Garland, who has 19 years of experience on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, to fill the vacancy on the United States Supreme Court. As I stated along with 20 other Attorneys General in a letter to Senate leaders, the chamber has a responsibility to consider and approve or disapprove the nomination a President puts forward. Failure to fill the vacancy would undermine the rule of law and ultimately impair the functioning of state governments within our federal system. The Senate should move forward, do its job, and hold a hearing and a vote without unnecessary delay."