National Jewish Women’s Organization Demands Hearings on Merrick Garland Nomination

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National Jewish Women’s Organization Demands Hearings on Merrick Garland Nomination

Organization Escalates the Call on Senate to “Do Their Job” and Honor Constitutional Obligation to Fill the Supreme Court Vacancy

March 16, 2016, Washington, D.C. – One day after nearly 400 women silently walked from the U.S. Supreme Court to the U.S. Capitol bearing copies of the U.S. Constitution to deliver to Senate Judiciary Chair Chuck Grassley to urge him to do his job, the president has fulfilled his constitutional obligation and named an experienced jurist to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. National Council of Jewish Women calls on the Senate to abide by its constitutional duty to consider the president’s nominee.

Following the nomination of Judge Garland, Nancy Kaufman, CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), released the following statement today:

“President Obama provided the country with a nominee with impressive credentials to serve on the Supreme Court, as outlined in the Constitution. Americans deserve to see their elected senators fulfill their obligation to hold hearings on Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination in a timely manner. NCJW looks forward to learning more about Judge Garland from those hearings.

“This is an historic moment in our nation’s history that will expose the core values of our elected senators – namely, whether partisanship overrides public service.
Every aspect of our lives and the character of our democracy is impacted by judicial vacancies, none more so than the current vacancy in the Supreme Court. The ability to access contraceptive care and abortion, voting rights, equal opportunity in education and the workplace, and religious freedom are some of the issues on the table before this Supreme Court where one seat stands vacant.

“NCJW activists and leaders across the country, long active in support of a federal judiciary that holds fast to constitutional values, are fully mobilized to ensure that the president’s nominee gets a timely and fair hearing and vote in the US Senate. Senators across the country will feel the urgency from our members at the grassroots level who demand that filling the Supreme Court vacancy should not be derailed by partisan obstruction.”

Nancy Kaufman is available for interviews. Photos of yesterday’s procession to the Capitol are available upon request. Interested media should contact Natalie Butz at (202) 776-7700 or via email at

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The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. BenchMark: NCJW’s Judicial Nominations Campaign seeks to engage the Jewish community and the general public about the importance of a full, fair, and diverse federal judiciary. More information on Facebook and on Twitter @NCJW.


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