U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is backing Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court. Garland met with Whitehouse Wednesday. Garland is making his customary rounds, meeting with members of Congress as he seeks the judgeship.
Garland faces opposition from Republican lawmakers who say they will not allow his confirmation to proceed.
Whitehouse said he’s working to ensure that Republican members of Congress will properly vet Garland.
“It’s one thing to not give advice and consent, to vote against a nominee,” said Whitehouse. “It’s another thing to just go on strike and refuse to perform any of the tasks procedurally that would get you to a vote; then you can vote as you please.”
President Obama tapped Garland to take the seat left vacant following Justice Antonin Scalia’s death.
Whitehouse said he supports Garland, and thinks his moderate stances will provide balance to the divided Supreme Court bench.
“I think he has a personality and a record of creating harmony among judges who come from very different political persuasions,” said Whitehouse.”
Whitehouse said Garland should appeal to Republican lawmakers, who could end up with a more liberal judge, depending on the next President.