Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) will join University of Baltimore School of Law students, faculty and administrators on Friday, April 8 for a discussion about the importance of a fully functioning, nine-member Supreme Court and the role and responsibility of the Senate and the president in the court’s operation.
The discussion, “Why Nine?” will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. in the 12th-floor reading room of the John and Frances Angelos Law Center (1401 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21201).
“The consideration of Supreme Court nominee Chief Judge Merrick Garland is not a matter for the next president and the next Congress – it is a matter for this president and this Congress,” Cardin said in a media advisory about the UB School of Law event. “There are nine months left in this year and to suggest that we don’t have the time and the president doesn’t have the authority to appoint a nominee is absolutely outrageous – it is an affront to the Constitution. The Senate should do its job, just as the President has done his. The Supreme Court should have nine justices on the bench before it convenes its new term in October.”
Cardin met this past Monday (March 28) with Garland, who was nominated to the high court last month by President Barack Obama. Senate Republicans have said they would not hold hearings or a confirmation vote on the nomination in a presidential election year. Obama nominated Garland to succeed Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February.
The law school event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of the media are encouraged to RSVP to Tim Zink at Tim_Zink@cardin.senate.gov.