SOURCE: U.S. Conference of Mayors

U.S. Conference of Mayors

March 14, 2016 20:04 ET

Mayors Call on President to Nominate Supreme Court Justice, Senate to Act on Nomination

Statement of U.S. Conference of Mayors President Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - March 14, 2016) - U.S. Conference of Mayors President Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake today issued the following statement regarding the current vacancy on the Supreme Court:

"Today The U.S. Conference of Mayors adopted an emergency policy resolution that 'urges the President to nominate an individual to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States, and the Senate to fulfill its constitutional duty to consider that nomination.' In its resolution, the Executive Committee of our organization states that mayors know 'it is critical that government at all levels be fully functioning and that this is especially true of the Supreme Court, which has a full docket and several major cases pending this term.'

"Because the nation's cities and city residents will be directly affected by the outcome of cases before the Supreme Court, both current and anticipated, mayors have grown increasingly concerned about the process that will produce a replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia -- specifically, whether that process, as described in the U.S. Constitution, will be followed in a timely manner. Our resolution expresses our concern and appeals for action."

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