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125 days—and no hearing

Last week marked 125 days since President Obama fulfilled his constitutional duty and nominated Judge Merrick Garland to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. That's a new record: No other Supreme Court nominee in U.S. history (who hasn't been withdrawn) has gone longer without a vote.

That's right—since 1789, it has never taken this long for the Senate to do its job. And, as if breaking the past record wasn't enough, Congress just left town for a seven-week recess, delaying the process even further.

Since 1975, the average confirmation time has been just 67 days. Supreme Court nominees have received votes even when opposing political parties have controlled the Senate and the White House. There's no excuse for this kind of political brinkmanship—but Senate leaders continue to put partisan politics over their most basic job requirements, threatening to cripple one of our democracy's most critical institutions in the process.

This level of obstruction is unprecedented—and it's already having far-reaching, harmful consequences. Senate leaders are disrupting the checks and balances our founders intended by handicapping the judiciary. Just in the last few months, because it's missing a ninth justice, the Supreme Court has failed to reach decisions on important cases and was unable to settle some of the major issues our country is facing.

A majority of Americans support of a fair hearing for Judge Garland. But if we want to see any action from Senate leaders, it's up to us to keep speaking out and to keep the pressure up. The Senate must not allow the judicial confirmation process to become an endless cycle of political brinkmanship.

Speak up now if you agree it's past time for Senate leaders to act.

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