Sen. Baldwin Once Wanted a Nine Member Supreme Court. Now She Doesn’t.

By NTK Staff | 02.02.2017 @2:03pm
Sen. Baldwin Once Wanted a Nine Member Supreme Court. Now She Doesn’t.

Not much has changed since Baldwin's 2016 comments, except a new president and a new Supreme Court nominee...

In March of 2016, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) said about an eight-justice Supreme Court, “The American people deserve better, better than a long-term vacancy that could jeopardize the administration of justice across our whole country.”

Baldwin pointed out, “a majority of Wisconsinites also said they believe that leaving this seat on our highest court vacant for more than a year will hurt the United States Supreme Court’s ability to do its job.”

On Thursday, Baldwin declared she will not be supporting President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch. That means she will not be one of the 60 votes needed for to advance Gorsuch’s nomination.

“The American people cannot afford partisan obstruction that threatens the integrity of our democracy and the functioning of our constitutional government,” Baldwin also said in March of 2016 regarding the vacant seat on the Supreme Court.

In 2013, Baldwin made similar comments about Republican filibuster threats. “Recently, the threat of filibuster has been used far too often and, as a result, political obstructionism in the United States Senate is now worse than it has ever been. The people of Wisconsin and our state’s progressive tradition deserve better.”

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