Petition for hearings on Scalia's successor gains 170,000 signatures

Petition for hearings on Scalia's successor gains 170,000 signatures
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An online petition demanding that Senate Republicans hold hearings and allow an up-or-down vote on President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court has gained over 170,000 signatures.

Credo Action, which refers to itself as a social change organization, posted the petition less than 24 hours after news of Justice Antonin Scalia’s death broke on Saturday and Republicans started pledging to block any Obama nominee.

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Hours after Scalia’s death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump signs executive orders after coronavirus relief talks falter Coronavirus deal key to Republicans protecting Senate majority Coronavirus talks collapse as negotiators fail to reach deal MORE (R-Ky.) said the next president should choose Scalia's successor, a position that was later echoed by several others, including Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyTrump puts trade back on 2020 agenda McConnell goes hands-off on coronavirus relief bill GOP chairmen hit back at accusation they are spreading disinformation with Biden probe MORE (R-Iowa), Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainBill Maher delivers mock eulogy for Trump Hillary Clinton roasts NYT's Maureen Dowd over column CNN's Ana Navarro to host Biden roundtable on making 'Trump a one-term president' MORE (R-Ariz.), and Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrSenate GOP opens door to smaller coronavirus deal as talks lag Hillicon Valley: Google extending remote work policy through July 2021 | Intel community returns final Russia report to Senate committee after declassification | Study finds election officials vulnerable to cyberattacks Intel community returns final Russia report volume to Senate after declassification review MORE (R-N.C.), who are all up for reelection this year.

Credo Action disagrees.

“President Obama has the constitutional power under Article II to nominate a new Supreme Court justice with the advice and consent of the Senate,” Heidi Hess, the group’s senior campaign manager, said in a statement. “Preemptively challenging that power and promising to undermine it is an unprecedented abdication of constitutional responsibility.”

The group referred to GOP challenges as partisan obstruction that violates their duty to the nation.

“We have to show that the political cost of obstruction will be too high," the petition says. "Tell Senate Republican leadership: You must hold fair hearings and a timely up or down vote for President Obama’s nominee for Justice Scalia’s replacement on the Supreme Court."