Wow — You’ll never believe what Sen. Harry Reid said 11 years ago – we even agree!
Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is in hot water for apparently flip-flopping regarding his position on the role of the U.S. Senate in considering presidential nominees.
“The duties of the United States Senate are set out in the Constitution of the United States. Nowhere in that document does it say the Senate has a duty to give presidential nominees a vote; it says appointments shall be made ‘with the advice and consent of the Senate.’ That’s very different than saying that every nominee receives a vote,” Sen. Reid said May of 2005 on the Senate Floor, C-SPAN footage shows.
The U.S. Senate minority leader has been arguing the Senate is bound to confirm President Obama’s anti-Second-Amendment Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland
“The Senate should do its [c]onstitutional duty and provide this good man with a fair and open confirmation process. The American people expect nothing less … The American people expect their elected leaders to do their jobs. President Obama is performing his Constitutional duty. I hope Senate Republicans will do theirs,” Reid says in a statement released shortly after Garland’s was nominated to the Supreme Court.
Reid hit home the issue again when talking to Politico.
“The obligation is for them to hold hearings and to have a vote,” he said of Chairman Chuck Grassley’s (R-Iowa) Senate Judiciary Committee.
And again in an opinion piece for The Washington Post, he said …
“… the Senate’s constitutional duty to give a fair and timely hearing and a floor vote to the president’s Supreme Court nominees has remained inviolable.”
Reid’s clear lack of integrity when it comes to procedure shows respect only for a radical, liberal agenda — one that would install a left-wing judge on the Supreme Court who will wipe out the right to bear arms; set back pro-life human-rights advances; and add red-tape to an already sluggish economy.
The Constitution leaves holding hearings for and voting for presidential nominees to the discretion of the Senate and Sen. Chuck Grassley and his Republican colleagues in the Senate are well within their rights to wait till November and let the American people have a second chance to weigh in on a decision that will have wide-reaching implications for the values reflected in our Supreme Court and, consequently, the values we stand for as a nation.
WATCH the flip …
and the flop …