President Obama announced a nomination for the open Supreme Court seat today, continuing to try and fill the vacancy in the face of Republicans who have vowed to block any nomination.
The nominee: Merrick Garland, the chief judge of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, a veteran Washington lawyer considered a moderate. He was in the running for the past two seats President Obama has filled.
Republicans believe that Obama filling the seat at the end of his presidency is ignoring the voice of the people and want the nomination to coincide with the election in November. They also are concerned that another liberal justice appointed by Obama could tip the scale of major policies like gun rights and abortion rights towards the Democratic party’s preference.
According to a Washington Post ABC News poll, sixty-three percent of Americans think the Senate should hold hearings on Obama’s nominee while thirty-two percent said no hearings should be held and to leave it to the next president.