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Congressman Price Issues Statement on Justice Kennedy Retirement

June 27, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.  (June 27, 2018) – On Wednesday, June 27, 2018, Congressman David Price (D-NC) issued the following statement after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement.

“In 2016, when President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court 33 weeks before a national election, Mitch McConnell stated “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice.” Now, Justice Kennedy has retired a mere 19 weeks before a national election. As a House member, I do not have the right to vote on confirmations of Supreme Court Justices, but I believe the Senate should follow the precedent set by the Majority Leader and forgo a vote on a confirmation until after the midterm elections. To rush a Trump nominee to a vote would be totally inconsistent and hypocritical.”