Tester Meets Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland

Senator asks about Second Amendment, Civil Liberties, Campaign Finance Reform ? Calls on Senate to Hold Hearing

(U.S. Senate) – Senator Jon Tester met with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland on Capitol Hill today to ask him tough questions about upholding the Second Amendment, protecting civil liberties, and reforming campaign finance laws.

“I’ve had my meeting with Garland now it’s time for the public to have theirs,” Tester said. “The American people should have an opportunity to vet Judge Garland through a public hearing. Unfortunately, Senate obstructionists are once again refusing to do their jobs. If Congress operated like a business, the employees would have been fired weeks ago.”

It’s been 57 days since Judge Garland was nominated to the Supreme Court on March 16, 2016. Since that day, Republicans have refused to hold a hearing on the nominee despite the Constitution clearly stating that the Senate must advise and consent on the nominee.

Garland currently serves as the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. His notable accomplishments include prosecuting the Unabomber and the Oklahoma City bomber. You can read the rest of his resume online HERE.

This week, Senator Tester launched his #DoYourJob social media campaign highlighting hard working Montanans who juggle multiple jobs and are frustrated with the Senate’s refusal to do one job.

To view a fact sheet on the Supreme Court nomination process, click HERE.