Cohen’s Statement on President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee

January 31, 2017
Press Release

[WASHINGTON, DC] – Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, released the following statement on President Trump’s announcement that Judge Neil Gorsuch will be his nominee for the Supreme Court vacancy:

“It is disappointing that tonight’s nomination comes on the heels of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans’ refusal to even allow so much as a hearing on President Obama’s most recent pick for the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland.  The notion that the Senate does not confirm Supreme Court nominations in the last year of a president’s term, as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer claimed during today’s White House Press Briefing, is yet another ‘alternative fact.’  The Senate confirmed Justice Mahlon Pitney in 1912, Justices John Clarke and Louis Brandeis in 1916, Justice Benjamin Cardozo in 1932, Justice Frank Murphy in 1940 and Justice Anthony Kennedy in 1988.”