National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) support Congressional leaders in their desire to allow Americans to cast their vote prior to anyone else being considered to fulfill the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.  This is the desire of the leadership that was expressed today in response to President Obama nominating Judge Merrick Garland.

Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, who is the President and CEO of NRB commented, “Let us remember that Justice Scalia was an exceptional jurist with unwavering commitment to the integrity of the United States Constitution.  We know the poor track record of the Obama Administration on respect for freedom and the rule of law.  The American people should at least have a chance to vote in November before this President gets to place a third and likely generational-altering pick on the Court.”
In a letter last month sent to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Johnson assured him the National Religious Broadcasters would stand by his decision to wait on nominations for Scalia’s successor until after November elections.  The letter read according to

The Constitution that Justice Scalia fought for decades to uphold provides the President the power to nominate judges and the Senate the power of advice and consent.  This is a key principle in the separation of powers between the branches of our nation’s government.  Unfortunately, America’s current President has shown little restraint in asserting authority in areas properly belonging to other federal branches, the states, or the people themselves.  I urge you to do all that you can to prevent the President from attempting to work around the will of the Legislative Branch in this matter.

Johnson also noted that in 2014, Americans had began to vote for change by giving a new party control of the chamber.  The people will have a chance to express their wishes again in the upcoming months on the fate of all three government branches.
The full text of Dr. Johnson’s letter to Leader McConnell is here. Also, a letter signed by Dr. Johnson and more than 100 other leaders committed “to make clear to the American people what is at stake and to rally our fellow citizens to the cause of saving the Constitution” is here.