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June 28, 2018 News

Throwback Thursday: Heller Evolves on Supreme Court Vacancies


by Nevada Democrats

In 2016, Heller refused to meet with Obama's Supreme Court nominee and said "Nevadans should have a voice in the process"; in 2018, Heller thinks the Senate should move "swiftly" to confirm Trump's


In 2016, Sen. Dean Heller said that “Nevadans should have a voice in the process” of selecting the next U.S. Supreme Court justice and even refused to meet with Merrick Garland. Now, Heller supports swiftly confirming another President Trump-appointed justice to the Supreme Court -- even before President Trump has announced his nominee. With so much on the line, like the future of Roe v. Wade, will Sen. Heller ask the tough questions Nevadans want to know of the next potential justice, or will he just "swiftly" fall in line with his party leaders again and rubber stamp whichever nominee President Trump puts in front him?

Heller said in 2016 that “Nevadans should have a voice in the process” of selecting the next Supreme Court justice.

  • Heller In February 2016: “Nevadans Should Have A Voice In The Process.” “In a written statement announcing his position, Heller said, ‘The chances of approving a new nominee are slim, but Nevadans should have a voice in the process.’  Heller said he wanted Obama to put the people's will ahead of his own liberal agenda and added, ‘But should he decide to nominate someone to the Supreme Court, who knows, maybe it'll be a Nevadan.’” [Associated Press, 2/17/16]

  • Heller In February 2016: “I Encourage The President To Use This Opportunity To Put The Will Of The People Ahead Of Advancing A Liberal Agenda On The Nation’s Highest Court.” “U.S. Sen. Dean Heller joined other Republicans Wednesday in urging President Barack Obama not to nominate a successor to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. ‘The chances of approving a new nominee are slim, but Nevadans should have a voice in the process,’ the Nevadan said.  ‘That’s why I encourage the President to use this opportunity to put the will of the people ahead of advancing a liberal agenda on the nation’s highest court.” [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 2/17/16]

Heller refused to meet with or support hearings for President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, in 2016.

  • Heller In 2016 Refused To Meet With Obama Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland And Did Not Support Hearings On His Nomination. (Chart) [Washington Post, 4/8/16]

Heller supported the GOP's argument that a new Supreme Court justice not be nominated until after the 2016 election.

  • Heller’s Communications Director Said In February 2016 That Heller Did Not Want Obama To Announce A Supreme Court Nomination. “In a subsequent email, Neal Patel, Heller's communications director, said the senator does not want Obama to announce a nomination. ‘Nevadans should have a voice in the process means this November on Election Day,’ Patel wrote. Just hours after Scalia's death Saturday, McConnell, R-Ky., said Obama should leave the nomination for whoever is elected president in November. Numerous GOP senators have backed McConnell on that, though some have not ruled out hearings and a vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee.” [Associated Press, 2/17/16]

  • Heller Spokesperson in February 2016: “Nevadans Should Have A Voice In The Process Means This November On Election Day.” “In a subsequent email, Neal Patel, Heller's communications director, said the senator does not want Obama to announce a nomination. ‘Nevadans should have a voice in the process means this November on Election Day,’ Patel wrote. Just hours after Scalia's death Saturday, McConnell, R-Ky., said Obama should leave the nomination for whoever is elected president in November. Numerous GOP senators have backed McConnell on that, though some have not ruled out hearings and a vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee.” [Associated Press, 2/17/16]

  • Las Vegas Review-Journal: “Republican Senator Dean Heller Repeated His Support For His Leadership’s Strategy To Block The Nomination Until After The Election.” “President Obama’s nomination of federal Judge Merrick Garland for the U.S. Supreme Court did nothing Wednesday to change positions staked out earlier by members of Nevada’s congressional delegation. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid again pushed for a regular confirmation process, Republican Sen. Dean Heller repeated his support for his leadership’s strategy to block the nomination until after the election, and Republican Rep. and Senate hopeful Joe Heck urged both sides to move on and look for common ground on other issues.” [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 3/17/16]

 

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