White House, Allies Won’t Stop Voters from Having a Say on the Supreme Court

In a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) said Senate Republicans remain committed to their promise to give voters a say in who will nominate the next Supreme Court Justice. Excerpts of his remarks are below, and video can be found here.

It was great to be back home and to spend some time talking to the people who I work for about the challenges facing our country and what we have been doing in the United States Senate to try to address those.

Monday was a good example of that productivity. We passed a trademark enforcement piece of legislation.

Previously we passed legislation, the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act, to deal with the crisis involving opioid or prescription drug painkillers that are being abused around the country.

As I was talking to my constituents back home, I was glad to hear one thing, no matter what part of the state that I was traveling in: It was an appreciation for the decision we've made to give the voters a voice on who makes the next lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. Texans want to have a say in who replaces Justice Scalia on our nation's highest court and I believe that their voice should be heard.

The Administration and their liberal allies are now trying to basically throw everything but the kitchen sink to try to stop the American people from getting a voice in this matter.

They're spending millions of dollars on TV advertising, they've hired consultants, and they've found some sympathetic allies in the media to criticize us.

But here we are, several weeks after the President announced his nominee, and nothing has really changed. All the money and the consultants in the world aren’t going to change the fact that the American people are going to have their say.

We remain committed to the idea that this vacancy should be filled by the next President. I want to be clear that the American people do deserve a voice here, and we will make sure that they are heard.

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