Hey, Congress! #DoYourJob on High Court Pick, Say Groups Across Country

In line with public opinion, newspaper editorial boards, and some Democratic lawmakers, progressive advocacy organizations on Thursday held a national day of action calling on the U.S. Senate to “do its job” and consider President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.

#DoYourJob Tweets

In Washington, D.C. and key states across the country, constituents are delivering petitions that aim to hold U.S. senators accountable to both the Constitution and the American people. The campaign has also taken off on Twitter under the hashtag #DoYourJob.

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A CNN/ORC poll published Thursday shows that a majority of respondents want to see Obama nominate someone to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, rather than leave the seat vacant until a new president takes office next year. What’s more, about two-thirds say that whomever Obama nominates should get a hearing in the Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, and the Senate Judiciary Committee have declared they will not hold hearings on any nominee put forward by Obama, nor would the full body vote on Obama’s choice.

“It doesn’t take much to understand how outrageous their conduct is,” Natural Resources Defense Council climate and clean air campaign director Pete Altman wrote on Thursday. “This is the first Senate majority in American history to refuse to consider any nominee from the president, no matter how qualified that nominee may be.”

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