Washington Weekly Review

February 26, 2016

The American People Should Have a Voice in the Selection of the Next Supreme Court Justice

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Supreme Court's vacancy:

“I recently joined my good friend from Iowa, the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, in writing an opinion piece.

“We expressed our joint view that the death of Justice Scalia represented a significant loss for our country and that, while finding the right person to take the seat he occupied will clearly be a monumental task, it's one we think the American people are more than equipped to tackle.

“Some disagree and would rather the Senate simply push through yet another lifetime appointment from a president who's on his way out the door.

“Of course it’s within the president’s authority to nominate a successor even in this very rare circumstance — remember that the Senate has not filled a vacancy arising in an election year when there was divided government since 1888, almost 130 years ago — but we also know that Article II, Section II of the Constitution grants the Senate the right to withhold its consent, as it deems necessary"... (READ MORE)

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Congressman Forbes Introduces Resolution Urging Senate to Only Approve a Supreme Court Nominee Who Will Fight for the Constitution

Washington, D.C. – Congressman J. Randy Forbes announced today that he has introduced a resolution (H.Res.615), urging the Senate to only consider a nominee to the Supreme Court with a proven record of adhering to the restraints placed on the federal judiciary by the Constitution, contending that the vacancy left on the Court should be filled with an individual who will uphold the Constitution and laws of the United States free from political bias or ideology. The resolution also expresses that the House of Representatives supports the Senate in its Constitutional duty to vet and approve any nominee to the Supreme Court put forward by the President.

“The Senate shares an equal Constitutional duty with the President in reviewing and approving nominees to the Supreme Court of the United States,” said Forbes. “Justice Scalia’s guiding principle in making any judicial decision was the Constitution. Period. I strongly urge my colleagues in the Senate to approve only a nominee who embodies the same courage and determination in adhering to the Constitution that defined Justice Scalia’s legacy. At a time when many feel as if their country is slipping through their fingers, it is critical that the American people have the confidence that our Supreme Court Justices are bound not by politics or the agenda of an Administration, but by the Supreme Law of the Land”... (READ MORE)

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House Majority Whip Scalise: Court Ruling Allows State To Implement Law Protecting Women At Abortion Clinics

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement applauding the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling against abortion clinics in Louisiana. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has said that Louisiana can implement its law requiring physicians who perform abortions at abortion clinics to have hospital admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic. 

“Protecting innocent human life goes hand in hand with protecting women who seek medical help during pregnancy,” Rep. Scalise said. “This ruling by the federal court is a positive step in protecting the health and well-being of women. We need to ensure that abortion clinics can no longer put women at risk through unsafe standards. With the infamous Gosnell clinic and others that have put women in danger, we have seen the horrors that take place when the abortion industry is allowed to put their extreme agenda ahead of women’s health and safety"... (READ MORE)

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Bipartisan Prohibition Remains Against President Sending Guantanamo Terrorist to U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the secure detention facility in Guantanamo:

“We understand that, in just a few minutes, the President is set to make an announcement on the secure facility in Guantanamo.

“In light of that, colleagues should consider the following things we’ve heard in recent weeks... (READ MORE)

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Task Force on Health Care Reform Releases Mission Statement

WASHINGTON – In advance of their first idea forum today, the chairs of the Task Force on Health Care Reform released their mission statement. This mission statement, laying out the goals of the task force, marks the next step in the development of a bold, pro-growth agenda that Republicans will present to the country in the coming months.

Republican leaders launched the development of this agenda in January, announcing that it will address five issue areas: national security; jobs and the economy; health care; poverty, opportunity, and upward mobility; and restoring constitutional authority... (READ MORE)

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