In her final days, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dictated a message to her granddaughter stating: "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed."
*We are urging you now to honor her wish and the past precedent set by the U.S. Senate by not holding any hearings or votes on the U.S. Supreme Court before the inauguration.
Having the vote before the election results, and while people have started early voting in many states, is a repudiation of the principles the Republicans set out during the Obama administration for Supreme Court nominations. In fact, just a few years ago, even U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, demanded the U.S. Senate wait until after the election to consider then-President Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland. Senator Graham said: "I want you to use my words against me. If there's a Republican president in 2016 and a vacancy occurs in the last year of the first term, you can say Lindsey Graham said: ‘Let's let the next president, whoever it might be, make that nomination.’"
Please shift your focus instead to the real emergency facing our nation: COVID-19. We need you to lift our economy and families, including people who’ve lost their jobs, families that are facing eviction, and kids who are going to bed hungry, by immediately passing a comprehensive COVID-19 relief package. Real people, businesses, frontline workers, schools and childcare centers are suffering because of the COVID-19 pandemic and are awaiting congressional action. Please heed the call!