Clinton: Refusing a hearing for Garland ‘entirely unacceptable’

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonDems to unveil ‘better deal’ messaging campaign Monday Juan Williams: Dems finally focus on message This week: ObamaCare repeal vote looms over Senate MORE is calling on the Senate to hold a hearing for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.

“The Senate has never taken more than 125 days to vote on a Supreme Court nominee, and, on average, a confirmation or rejection has taken just two months,” she said in a statement Wednesday.

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“This Senate has almost a full year to consider and confirm Judge Garland,” Clinton added.

“It should begin that work immediately by giving Judge Garland a full and fair hearing followed by a vote. That is what the American people deserve, it is what our Constitution demands, and with millions of people’s lives in the balance, anything less is entirely unacceptable.”

Clinton praised President Obama for quickly nominating Garland to replace Antonin Scalia after the former Supreme Court justice’s death last month.

“It is the president’s Constitutional responsibility to nominate justices to the Supreme Court, with the advice and consent of the Senate,” she said. "Today, in announcing Judge Merrick Garland as his nominee, President Obama has met his responsibility.

“He has chosen a nominee with considerable experience on the bench and in public service, a brilliant legal mind, and a long history of bipartisan support and admiration. Now, it’s up to members of the Senate to meet their own, and perform the Constitutional duty they swore to undertake.”

Obama on Wednesday nominated Garland, noting the judge’s “decency, modesty, even-handedness and excellence."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellJudd Gregg: For Trump, reaching out would pay off Congressional GOP struggles for a win as recess looms This week: ObamaCare repeal vote looms over Senate MORE (R-Ky.) responded by vowing there would be no hearing for Obama’s candidate, a notion also backed by House Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanJudd Gregg: For Trump, reaching out would pay off Gingrich, small biz to launch major tax cut campaign GOP divided over care for transgender troops MORE (R-Wis.).

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee argue that Obama should not fill any Supreme Court vacancies, instead letting the next president do so.